LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) - Officials are investigating after a deputy-involved shooting at a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex left one man dead.
Officials roped off the area with crime scene tape in the parking lot and apartment courtyard in the area of Northwest 21st Street and 37th Terrace, Wednesday afternoon.
Police confirmed that they responded to a disturbance call at the complex. “Our comm center received a 911 call that there was a disturbance going on at this complex at a specific apartment,” said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.
According to Israel, a man and a woman were arguing before the deputy on the scene was attacked.
The male subject was identified by family members as Jean Pedro Pierre.
“[The officer] was on his back. He was in a dangerous situation,” said Israel. The deputy called for back up, and the responding deputy shot Pierre.
Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue transported Pierre with a police escort to Broward Health Center. He later succumbed to his injuries.
Israel said he does not know if Pierre was armed.
“He was one of the good ones! Give me a clue!” Pierre’s distraught sister yelled to deputies on the scene.
“Wonderful guy. That’s all I can say,” said family friend Nekita Dulcio. “He’s the most caring, wonderful person there is.”
Pierre’s family said he was an entrepreneur and father of two who once ran for elective office Haiti. The family is now searching for answers.
“To us personally and the family, that’s not sitting well, regardless of the excessive force or the tussle — whatever that’s being said — that’s still somewhat extreme,” said Dulcio.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement continues to investigate.
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