Two people died in an officer-involved shooting in Palm Beach, Fla. Wednesday morning.
The mayhem unfolded around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when a man shot a woman, put her body in his car, and began driving south in a northbound lane on I-95 in Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said at a press conference.
Cars were running off the road and so accidents were occurring, he said of the scene on I-95 in Lantana.
A Sheriffs deputy approached the suspect from the passenger side of his Nissan Rogue and shot him to death.
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Bradshaw said that a Florida Highway Patrol trooper first tried to use a Taser on the suspect but, that the deputy feared for their lives.
Due to the actions he was performing in the car, the deputy said he was in fear of his life and life of the trooper and so he opened fire and killed the suspect inside, Bradshaw said.
He added that the suspects actions constituted enough to let the deputy know what he needed to do.
The suspect caused three separate near head-on accidents as he fled a strip mall located at 1600 South Dixie Highway in Lake Worth where the first shooting took place, according to Bradshaw.
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Witnesses described the pair as a couple that had been arguing outside of a neighborhood grocery store, WPTV reported.
The man reportedly shot the woman in the face before she fell to the ground, witnesses told WPTV.
The sheriffs office has identified the deceased male, but has not yet released his name to the public.
He was also involved in a non-fatal shooting in West Palm Beach Tuesday evening, according to Bradshaw.
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He said the suspect was pinned in the highways wreckage Wednesday morning and that a medical examiner was on the scene.
Bradshaw added that the female was dead on arrival at the second scene.
Deputies grabbed the female and got her out of the car to the roadside. They did extract her from the car as soon as possible they didnt know if she had expired or not, he said.
Bradshaw said law enforcements response thwarted further damage.
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It appears through hard work and diligence and the timely response by Florida Highway Patrol and the deputy we have averted this guy crashing into a whole bunch more cars and escaping here and going on to do whatever he was going to do, which was shooting people, Bradshaw said.
The northbound lanes of I-95 will remain closed for the remainder of the day, Bradshaw said.
Florida highway patrol, the sheriffs office, fire department, medical examiner, and volunteers were on the scene Wednesday.
There was an effort to keep southbound lanes open even though some debris had spilled over to the other side of the highway.