Broward Sheriff's deputies were responding to a disturbance call in Lauderdale Lakes when 42-year-old Jean Pedro Pierre violently assaulted Deputy Sean Youngward and charged another.
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Another Broward Sheriff's deputy arrived moments later and when the 42-year-old finally stopped attacking the first deputy he charged the second. The deputy put three rounds at close range into Pierre who collapsed onto the pavement. Medical responders took Pierre to the hospital where he died of his wounds.
The shooting took place at the Sunset Hills Condominium in the 3600 block of Northwest 21st Street earlier this week. The sheriff of Broward, Scott Israel, released the video of the shooting in an unprecedented move of transparency. These videos are usually not released until the investigation is complete.
The Sheriff also said in a press conference he wanted to show the community just what happened and dispel rumors spreading on social media. He also released the body camera perspectives of the deputies involved. The video shows the shooting, afterward one of the officers bends over to check Pierre's condition. Minutes later an officer is seen administering CPR to Pierre.
Israel said in his statement, "He did everything he could to save himself and to end this confrontation, he was overwhelmed by the superior size and strength of Mr. Pierre. He gave several clear concise, lawful and legal orders to Mr. Pierre. Mr. Pierre chose a path of non-compliance."
A friend of Pierre's said, "He was a loving, caring person. Loved his family, loved his kids. This is devastating to all of us, it’s not making sense."
Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.
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