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Homicide Suspect Killed by Fort Lauderdale Police After Shooting at Officers: Chief

Police say 31-year-old Dytadious Mobley pronounced dead at the scene

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  • Police Chief Rick Maglione told reporters that officers initially used "less lethal methods" when the suspect refused to leave his vehicle.
  • The chief says the suspect fired at officers and an officer fired back, killing him. No one else was injured.

A homicide suspect was killed in an officer-involved shooting after he fired at officers in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday night, officials said.

Fort Lauderdale Police said Dytadious Mobley was pronounced dead at the scene in the 900 block of West Sunrise Boulevard.

Police Chief Rick Maglione told reporters that officers initially used "less lethal methods" when the suspect refused to leave his vehicle outside a shopping plaza just after 6 p.m.

The chief says the suspect fired at officers and an officer fired back, killing him. No one else was injured.

Officials said two firearms were recovered from inside Mobley's car.

The officers who confronted the suspect work in a multi-agency task force, and police spokeswoman Casey Liening says it's not yet clear which agency's officer opened fire. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate.

"We owe it to the police officers, to this community, and to the family of the decedent to do a thorough and objective investigation," Maglione said.

According to police, Mobley was wanted in the Jan. 16 shooting of 55-year-old Bernice Jefferson in Fort Lauderdale. Jefferson was shot and killed in front of her daughter and five grandchildren.

Police said Mobley fathered three of Jefferson's grandchildren.

"He really was a good person, this whole situation [doesn't] define his character," uncle John Mobley said. "It’s a sad situation overall but that’s his life and there’s nothing I can do."

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