HALLANDALE, Fla. (AP) — A police officer fatally shot a man who was trying to flee from authorities who were investigating reports of car burglaries in the South Florida community of Hallandale Beach, authorities said Monday.
Police were called early Sunday after reports of possible car break-ins and a suspicious person looking into cars in a residential neighborhood filled with condos. Police found two men sitting in a car. Major Sonia Quinones, a police spokeswoman, says the driver, 27-year-old Michael Eugene Wilson, attempted to speed away and the officer fired at least one round. Wilson later was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Quinones said the officer feared for his life and was forced to fire his weapon. The Sun Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/zvpza3q) reports that Wilson’s car had several bullet holes in the driver’s door and that spray-painted markings on the street indicated at least eight shots were fired.
The second suspect, 23-year-old Tyler Shuman, jumped out of the car, but was caught hours later after a manhunt involving several police agencies and a helicopter, according to authorities.
Police said in an email that Wilson was Black and that the officer involved in the shooting, Corey Clark, also is Black. Clark will be placed on administrative leave with pay while the investigation continues.
According to court records, Wilson had an extensive criminal history including arrests for drugs, grand theft and aggravated assault. Shuman is in custody and faces criminal charges.
Police said they found evidence of several car break-ins.
Nearby resident Sondra Schulz told WFOR TV that the shooting was surprise.
“You’re like, ‘Oh my God they could be coming into my building,” Schulz said. “We live in a very nice neighborhood, and this is kind of unexpected.”
This is the second police-involved shooting in South Florida in three days.
On Thursday, a veteran Miami-Dade detective working a narcotics investigation shot and killed a 22-year-old Black man during a brief confrontation after authorities say the victim grabbed a gun from his waistband and the officer opened fire. The officer’s race was not released.