FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A high-speed chase led to a massive search and two arrests in Dania Beach after the suspect in a shooting fled from police.
7SkyForce hovered above a white Mazda sedan as it zipped down Interstate 95 in Hollywood at a high rate of speed, Friday afternoon.
The motorist was seen swerving around cars and driving against traffic.
The pursuit started in Plantation, when Plantation Police officers and the U.S. Marshals attempted to pull over the wanted suspect from a shooting earlier this week in Plantation.
The suspect refused to stop and took off. The chase continued down Interstate 95 from Interstate 595.
The suspect exited at Griffin Road and worked his way west into an industrial area near an FPL power plant in Hollywood.
Investigators said the man bailed out and fled near Southwest 30th Avenue and 42nd Street.
Law enforcement from BSO, Plantation, Hollywood, and the U.S. Marshals saturated the area.
Guns drawn, officers slowly approached the Mazda. One of them is seen breaking the driver’s side window, only to discover the vehicle was empty.
A massive search ensued. People who live and work in the area were kept back.
“I heard that there’s some really bad person just walking around the neighborhood,” said a man. “That’s what I heard from one of the police officers.”
Nearly two hours later, authorities located the suspect not far from where he had dumped the car.
7News cameras captured officers as they apprehended the suspect, who was seen wearing some sort of security uniform.
“I’m sure they’re doing what they need to do,” said a man, “and I’ll just have to be patient. Our lives are more important than doing any kind of work.”
Cameras also captured officers as they took a woman, seen wearing a white security shirt, into custody. Plantation Police said she is involved in some way, but did not specify how.
As of late Friday night, investigators have not released the names of the two people they took into custody or what charges they could be facing. They also have not released any details about the shooting that triggered the search for the suspect.
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