PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Palm Beach County State Attorney's office are investigating a police-involved shooting that happened Wednesday morning in Palm Beach Gardens.
Palm Beach Gardens police said the shooting occurred just before 8 a.m. near PGA Boulevard at Interstate 95.
Officers investigating a report of a suspicious person creating a disturbance in the area of PGA Boulevard and RCA Boulevard located Shawn Michael Weiland, 34, who was armed with multiple knives.
PBG POLICE DEPT: "The subject of this shooting is in custody and has been transported to the hospital. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation of this incident along with the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office." pic.twitter.com/tBenkMi449— Linnie Supall WPTV (@LinnieSupall) December 22, 2021
Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation by using stun guns without success.
Police say Weiland charged at an officer with a knife and another officer shot Weiland. Officers proceeded to render aid to Weiland, who was transported to a local hospital.
The large police presence closed the westbound lanes of PGA Boulevard at I-95 for hours.
A large crime scene trailer and several law enforcement vehicles could be seen blocking the roadway.
A woman who didn't want to reveal her identity told WPTV that the man appeared to be hiding by a plaza near RCA Boulevard and then ran from police just before she heard gunshots.
"At the request of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, FDLE is investigating the officers' use of force," FDLE spokeswoman Dana Kelly said in a statement. "We will conduct an extensive investigation that includes interviewing witnesses and officers, collecting and analyzing the evidence."
Police said there were multiple witnesses to the incident and poilice body camera footage has been provided to investigators.
Criminal charges are pending against Weiland.