Police: South Florida officer checks report of dead body, shoots armed man

A police officer was forced to open fire after responding to a call in Hallandale Beach early Monday morning, officials said.
Posted at 8:23 AM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 08:23:49-05

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a South Florida police officer shot and wounded an armed man after responding to reports of a body in a yard.

A Hallandale Beach police spokeswoman says officers responded to a 911 call Monday morning about a body. Media outlets report officers didn't find a body but discovered a man slouched over a city trash bin.

When they tried to ask the man if he needed help, police say the man showed them a weapon. Officials say one of the officers fired several shots at the man.

A revolver was later recovered at the scene. The man was taken to a nearby hospital.