Deputy-involved shooting leads to carjacking of shuttle bus near Fort Lauderdale airport

Shooting remains under investigation
Deputy-involved shooting on Perimeter Road near Fort Lauderdale airport, Feb. 17, 2023
Posted at 11:16 AM, Feb 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-17 17:30:01-05

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — At least one deputy was involved in a shooting Friday morning that led to a carjacking near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Claudinne Caro said the deputy-involved shooting occurred just before 5 a.m. near the 1400 block of Perimeter Road.

Caro said after the shooting, someone carjacked a Broward County shuttle bus, removing the driver before getting away. She said there were no passengers on the bus at the time.

Broward Sheriff's Office vehicle at scene of deputy-involved shooting near Fort Lauderdale airport, Feb. 17, 2023
A Broward Sheriff's Office vehicle can be seen near where a deputy-involved shooting occurred on Perimeter Road, not far from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Feb. 17, 2023, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Deputies were searching for the suspected carjacker, identified Friday afternoon by Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives as Leandro Fernandez Sanchez, 33.

The bus is described as a 2019 Collins bus, identified as bus No. 309 with Florida tag TI0261. Anyone who sees the bus or knows the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or online at

The circumstances leading to the shooting remain under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.