The undercover officer was on patrol in a residential neighborhood when he allegedly saw a suspicious vehicle in the area.
The officer trailed the car for a while before deciding that he should investigate further. However, when the officer attempted to make contact with the driver, shots were reportedly fired at the officer.
The officer did not return fire as the vehicle drove away. At least one of the suspects got out of the car and fled the scene on foot.
A short time later, Fort Lauderdale police officers located the vehicle. The officers pulled over the car and arrested two people.
Additionally, police tracked down the suspect who had gotten out of the car at the initial scene. Officers apprehended the suspect and placed him under arrest.
Police also reportedly found a fourth suspect attempting to hide in the water. He was captured and placed under arrest.
After arresting all of the suspects, police searched the vehicle and allegedly recovered two guns.
Although Fort Lauderdale police have not yet released any information about the incident or the suspects, it is possible that the suspects will face significant criminal charges for aggravated assault and weapons offenses. A conviction for aggravated assault on a police officer is punishable by a sentence of 3–15 years in Florida State Prison.
For more information about this case, see the Local10.com article entitled “4 Arrested After Shots Fired at Officer in Fort Lauderdale.”