BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Boynton Beach police said an officer shot a man who ran from the scene of a traffic stop and brandished a weapon early Thursday morning.
Around 2:30 a.m., an officer pulled over a Gold Honda Accord near 450 NW 1st Avenue that police say ran multiple stop signs.
The car had five people inside, but one person attempted to flee the scene, said police. They say that person then pulled a weapon, prompting the officer to shoot the gunman.
The police chief said the officer did what he was trained to do. "I absolutely have no concerns whether this was a justified situation, it absolutely was,” Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Katz said.
David Moise was in the car when police pulled it over.
He said the group he was with was on their way home after a visiting a club. "I just see gunshots man, That's it, I'm just worried about my friend."
He wouldn't say if it was his friend who pulled a gun. "I don't know I ain’t see none of that."
The person shot by the officer was taken to Delray Medical Center and was undergoing surgery. The officer was not hurt. The shooter's gun and three shell casings have been recovered.
The officer involved in the shooting is on paid leave, which is standard procedure. “Right now we are going to give the officer a day or so to go through what he needs to go through, His well-being is our primary concern,” Chief Katz said.
The chief says information about the man who pointed the gun at the officer will be released later Thursday.
The incident is being investigated by both the Boynton Beach Police Department and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.