NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A knife-wielding man was fatally shot by a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy at a North Lauderdale shopping center Thursday night, a spokeswoman for the agency said.
Deputies received a call about 9:15 p.m. about a man who was cutting himself and waving the knife around inside of a Ross Dress for Less store on West McNab Road, BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said.
When the first deputy arrived, he encountered the 26-year-old suspect outside the store.
The suspect was "making threats to harm himself and harm the deputy," Coleman-Wright said.
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After the suspect ignored the deputy's commands to put the knife down and then charged at him, the deputy fired his gun, shooting the suspect, Coleman-Wright said.
The suspect was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the deputy-involved shooting.
The deputy who shot the suspect has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.