A police involved shooting occurred Sunday morning in a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood, sending the man who allegedly opened fire on an officer to an area hospital.
Fort Lauderdale Police Interim Asst. Chief Frank Sousa said one of their officers responded to a ShotSpotter call around 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Northwest 6th Avenue and 12th Street of gunfire and a domestic incident in the area.
Once the officer arrived, a man with a handgun began shooting at the police car. Sousa said the officer fired one shot and hit the man, knocking him to the ground.
Other officers arrived and helped subdue the man, who was taken to Broward Health Medical Center and underwent surgery. He is listed in stable condition and is expected to survive.
Investigators from Fort Lauderdale Police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are at the scene speaking with witnesses and reviewing police bodycam footage at this time.
"It's not an easy decision for an officer or any person to have to do that," Sousa said. "Our goal is to come to work every day, protect the community and keep the community safe. It's not to discharge firearms."
Officials have not released the names of either the gunman or officer involved at this time.