FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida police officers shot and killed a homicide suspect following a chase that left a pedestrian injured on Tuesday, authorities said.
Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Patrick Lynn said during a news conference that his officers spotted a silver pickup truck Tuesday morning that had been connected to a fatal shooting in Port St. Lucie a day earlier. Officers briefly pursued it and shot the 41-year-old driver, Manuel Sanabria, when he got out of the truck holding a black metal object resembling a firearm, Fort Lauderdale police said in a statement after the shooting.
Sanabria charged the officers, adopted a shooting stance and pointed the metal object in their direction, officials said. Four officers fired their weapons and Sanabria was struck multiple times, police said. Despite “life-saving measures” at the scene, Sanabria was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, officials said. Investigators said the object he was holding turned out to be a piece of a firearm.
Police in Port St. Lucie, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Fort Lauderdale, confirmed Sanabria was the man they had been searching for in the fatal shooting of a man in his vehicle. The had described him as armed and dangerous.
During the chase, Sanabria’s truck veered onto a business property, where it struck several unoccupied vehicles and a pedestrian, police said. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue took the victim to a nearby hospital, where he was in critical condition.
The officers who fired at Sanabria will be put on leave while state law enforcement investigates, authorities said.
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