BSO Identifies Suspect Shot By Deputy in Hollywood

Man facing assault on officer charges following deputy-involved shooting: BSO

By Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, May 8, 2012  |  Updated 7:46 AM EDT
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BSO Identifies Suspect Shot By Deputy

Broward Sheriff's Office

Frederick Funchess

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The Broward Sheriff's Office has identified a suspect who was wounded in a deputy-involved shooting in Hollywood last week.

Frederick Funchess, 26, has been charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, operating without a valid driver's license and fleeing and eluding police, the BSO said Monday.

Authorities say Funchess, from Fort Lauderdale, was shot by Deputy Nick Masters on May 2 in the area of 23rd Avenue near Forrest Street.

According to BSO spokesman Jim Leljedal, two men in a gray Chevrolet Monte Carlo were spotted by BSO Street Crimes Unit detectives taking part in a drug deal in Dania Beach.

The detectives followed the car into Hollywood and attempted to pull it over. A gun was thrown from the car before it finally came to a stop, Leljedal said.

Another BSO deputy arrived and the suspects were ordered out of the car, but instead drove towards an officer, Leljedal said.

That's when 28-year-old Masters, and 8-year BSO veteran, opened fire, hitting Funchess. No officers were injured and Masters has been returned to active duty.

Funchess was treated at Memorial Regional Hospital and later released from custody on $7,625 bond. It was unknown whether he has an attorney.

Funchess' passenger, 24-year-old Ken Cadet, was questioned by detectives but not charged, the BSO said.

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