US Marshals shot and killed an attempted murder suspect outside the Masjid Al Iman mosque in Fort Lauderdale Friday morning.
In an email to Heavy, the U.S. Marshals Service said its Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force “was involved in an officer-involved shooting resulting in a fatality…”
The agency said its deputy marshals were “attempting to apprehend a fugitive who was wanted for attempted homicide in Osceola County, Florida” when agents felt threatened by the suspect. Report says he got out of his vehicle with a gun. “…members of the task force fired their weapons, striking the subject.”
It’s not clear how many agents fired.
US Marshals were looking for Hamid Ould-Rouis, 58, who was wanted by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly assaulting a man and stabbing a woman Thursday in Kissimmee, near Orlando. The woman is in critical condition.
Following a state law enforcement investigation into the officer, or officers, -involved shooting, the US Marshals “will also conduct an internal review after the state completes its investigation.” It won’t release the names of deputy marshals involved in shooting “until the conclusion of all investigations surrounding the incident.”
A spokesperson for the U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Florida said the suspect wasn’t involved “in any way, nor the subject with the mosque, but those are things we need to look into and it’s going to take some time…,” the Sun Sentinel reported.
Initially, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office was reported to be investigating, but the BSO public information officer told Heavy their agency was “assisting” the US Marshals. In a call to the office of Chief W Delaney of the US Marshal’s public affairs office, Heavy learned the “officer-involved shooting” was being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Jessica Cary, an FDLE said that while its “investigation of the law enforcement response to the shooting is active” and they won’t comment on an ongoing investigation, she said, “…once we get to a point in the investigation where we can provide additional information, we will.”
Cary said FDLE will “determine the facts of what happened and a state attorney or prosecutor determines if there are law violations.”
From the initial reports from local media, sheriff’s deputies responded to a shots fired call after 11:30 a.m. Friday.
CBS news local affiliate is reporting “there is a dead body next to a car in the parking lot but it’s not known how the person died.”
According to its Facebook page, the Masjid Al Iman of Fort Lauderdale was founded in the 1970s.
“Masjid al Iman is a unique Masjid that serves the Muslim Community in South Florida for decades. The age of the Masjid goes back to the late seventies where the Masjid at that time used to be known as ‘Masjid Mohammad.'”
This masjid is one where people will “meet Muslims from all over the globe and from all different races, ages, colors, nationalities…” according to its Facebook page.
The Miami Herald reported that a spokesman for the Florida chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations the suspect, who has not been named by authorities, is “not involved with the community.”
This post will be updated.