Man fatally shot fleeing police


Published: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 6:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 6:34 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A police officer fatally shot a man who brandished a weapon at him while fleeing Sunday, authorities said.

Timothy Jermaine Brown, 35, was taken to Broward General Medical Center after the 3:40 a.m. encounter, and died later in the afternoon after emergency surgery, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department said.

Authorities had received a call about a Black Hyundai whose occupants were seen with a machine gun. An officer, whose name was not released, spotted a vehicle that matched the description, but the car continued moving, police said.

When the car eventually stopped, the driver, identified as Brown, and a passenger got out, authorities said. They ignored the officer's calls to stop and show their hands, the Fort Lauderdale police said.

The passenger yelled to Brown to retrieve something from the vehicle and Brown emerged from the car holding an object close to his body, police said. As the officer began to pursue the pair on foot, the passenger told Brown to shoot the officer, police said.

Police said the officer shot Brown when he pointed the weapon. The officer was not injured.

Before he died, Brown was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, fleeing and eluding in a vehicle and resisting arrest with violence.

Police were searching for the passenger and conducting an investigation.

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