A man was fatally shot by Hollywood Police after the agency said he charged an officer during a residential burglary.
Authorities said they confronted the unidentified man in his 30s on the 800 block of N. South Lake Drive Friday night after receiving calls about a "suspicious" person.
“According to the 911 calls that were received, the person was knocking on doors and looking through windows,” said Sgt. Pablo Vanegas.
Police said the man was armed, although they are not saying how.
“They confronted the suspect, and he charged the officer, and the officer fired,” Vanegas told NBC 6 South Florida.
The Hollywood Police Department assigned neighborhood officers to patrol the area on bicycles and encourage residents to make contact with them. The officer involved was placed on administrative leave, what the agency said is standard procedure for any police-involved shooting.
Neighbors said they believe the man could be responsible for a recent spike in burglaries in the area, which is causing residents to be on the lookout.
“It’s bad like that,” said Janet Tubito. “Like I will not walk the dog. I used to be able to walk the dog, but now my husband does, and if he’s out too long, I’ll go and check to make sure he’s alright.”
She said the crime has made home owners debate moving.
“Some people want to sell and get out of here,” she said.