Videos Show Suspect With Gun Before Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting: Lauderhill Police

Trayvon Mitchell, 38, was killed in Sunday's shooting

Surveillance videos show an armed robbery suspect running from officers and taking a firearm out of his waistband moments before he was killed in a police-involved shooting in Lauderhill, police said Wednesday.

The videos show the moments before the fatal encounter between officers and 38-year-old Trayvon Mitchell in the 700 block of Northwest 39th Avenue Sunday night, after officers from Lauderhill responded to an armed robbery in the area.

Officers from Plantation and Davie also responded to the scene and set up a perimeter, and a short time later encountered Mitchell behind a home, police said. Shots were fired and Mitchell was killed at the scene.

According to police, the surveillance videos show Mitchell leaving a hiding space and activating a motion sensor light. At one point, he looks over his shoulder and removes a firearm from his waistband as officers approached, police said.

Mitchell appears to wave the firearm then flees with the firearm in his hand, police said. The video doesn't show the shooting.

"We did in fact find a firearm next to the suspect at the scene," Lauderhill Police Lt. Michael Santiago said.

Police said no Lauderhill officers fired their weapons. Davie Police have confirmed that one of their K-9 officers fired his weapon but it's unknown if he shot Mitchell. The officers has been placed on administrative leave.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

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