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BARRICADED MAN KILLS TWO PEOPLE AND HIMSELF, CRITICALLY WOUNDS TWO MORE AT DEERFIELD BEACH R.V. PARK

BSO Case Number: DR12-02-01416
PIO Number: 12-2-4
Date: February 9, 2012
Time: 6:20 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: Highland Woods R.V. Park, 900 N.E. 48th St., Deerfield Beach
Jurisdiction: Deerfield Beach

Victim(s):

  • Adult male (DECEASED)
  • One male child. Age 9 (DECEASED)
  • Adult female (INJURED)
  • Male child. Age 7 (INJURED)

Suspect(s):

  • adult male (DECEASED)

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office investigators are trying to determine why a man fatally shot another man Thursday night at a quiet Deerfield Beach R.V. park before he barricaded himself inside an R.V. and attempted to kill his family. When BSO SWAT medics were able to get inside the R.V., they found the suspect and a 9-year-old boy dead and a woman and a 7-year-old boy critically injured.

The bizarre ordeal, which lasted more than seven hours, started around 6:20 p.m. when BSO was called to the Highland Woods R.V. Park after someone reported a shooting with a possible injured person. When deputies arrived, they saw a man lying unresponsive on the pavement. Inside a nearby R.V. just feet away from the victim, the suspected shooter said he was holding a woman hostage and that he would kill her if they approached. Initially unable to get to the injured man on the ground, deputies tried to convince the suspect to release the hostage and surrender peacefully. He refused. SWAT paramedics successfully extracted the shooting victim from the scene and determined that he had died from his injuries.

Around 7:30 p.m., a woman emerged from the R.V. unharmed. She told detectives that the suspect’s wife and two sons were with him. For hours, the SWAT Team tried to make contact with the suspect, to no avail. All the while, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue paramedics staged nearby in the event that injured hostages would need medical attention. The SWAT Team, with the help of Coral Springs Police Department’s SWAT Team, made entry around 1:30 a.m. Friday and discovered the victims. SWAT medics and BSFR paramedics rendered aid to the injured woman and boy before transporting them to North Broward Medical Center and Broward General Medical Center, respectively. Both were in critical condition. BSO Criminal Investigations Division detectives are investigating to determine what circumstances led to the attacks. They believe that the suspect was a stranger to the shooting victim.

INVESTIGATORS: Homicide Dets. Berrena, V. Perez, Sgt. Feeley, RID Crime Scene, SWAT, BSFR, Deerfield Beach
THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 02/10/12 0330

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