FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews rushed a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy to the hospital in cardiac arrest after he collapsed while escorting a man to his car outside the Broward County Jail, Friday.
According to deputies, they stopped a man from entering the jail lobby when they discovered a knife on him. Officials said the man came to the Fort Lauderdale facility to either collect his belongings or the belongings of another person.
Security asked the man to return the knife to his vehicle before entering the building.
A BSO deputy was escorting the man, who was not in custody, when the deputy collapsed in the parking lot.
According to officials, the man with the knife fled, and the deputy was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center in cardiac arrest. He reportedly had to be shocked with a defibrillator either on the way or at the hospital.
“An ambulance was on site within three minutes, and I was told to resuscitate him,” said a nurse who did not want to be identified.
According to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, the deputy is currently under a medically-induced coma.
Fort Lauderdale Police set up a perimeter around the jail and courthouse facility, but it has since been lifted.
Officers found a man matching the description of the man with the knife and questioned him.
The subject was detained at a park alongside the New River. It’s unclear what, if any, charges he might be facing.
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