HALLANDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Hallandale Beach police officer has fatally shot a man they say tried to flee from authorities while they were investigating reports of car burglaries.
Police were called early Sunday after reports of car break-ins and found two men sitting in a car. The driver attempted to speed away and Major Sonia Quinones said the officer fired at least one round. The driver was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Quinones said the officer feared for his life and was forced to fire his weapon. The second suspect jumped out of the car, but was caught a few hours later after a manhunt involving several local police agencies.
Police did not release the identities of the officer or suspects but said in an email the driver was black.
The officer will be placed on administrative leave with pay while the investigation continues.