A man shot and killed a woman in Florida, then drove the wrong way on a major highway and caused multiple crashes before he was shot dead by a sheriff’s deputy, police reported.
The man, whose name wasn’t released, shot a woman in the face in a parking lot of a small Lake Worth shopping center around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, witnesses told WPTV’s Jason Hackett. The man then put the woman’s body in a black Nissan Rogue and took off.
Multiple witnesses here on scene at South Dixie and Washington Ave tell me a woman was shot in the face by a man. Man put her in car, drove off towards I-95. Waiting for confirmation on details from PBSO. @WPTV pic.twitter.com/otdhN3SgSa
— Jason Hackett (@JHackettWPTV) February 7, 2018
About 15 minutes later, police started to get calls about the car driving south on the northbound side of Interstate 95.
— Michael Buczyner (@MichaelBCBS12) February 7, 2018
“Cars were running off the road and some accidents were occuring,” Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said during a press conference broadcasted live on Facebook.
In all, three accidents occurred, “all just about head-on,” Bradshaw said.
As the last accident happened—in Lantana, Florida—Highway Patrol and the sheriff’s deputies reached the car.
A Highway Patrol trooper shot a taser at the driver, but it didn’t work, Bradshaw said. Another deputy, “in fear of his life” opened fire at the driver and killed him. The woman was found in the car, dead.
— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) February 7, 2018
The driver was also involved in another, non-fatal shooting the night before in West Palm Beach, Bradshaw said.
Other drivers involved in the accidents suffered non-life threatening injuries, Bradshaw said.
The man was identified, but Bradshaw didn’t release his name, saying authorities are trying to first find his next of kin, as well as the next of kin of the woman.
The incident caused major delays on the I-95 as authorities closed the northbound lanes. The lanes were reopened in the afternoon, the sheriff’s office announced at 4:16 p.m. on Twitter.
#TRAFFICAlert ROADS ON I-95 ARE NOW OPEN!
— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) February 7, 2018
In an unrelated incident, a man was shot on I-95 in Boca Raton around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday. He was later pronounced dead.
Current incident on I-95 in Boynton/Lake Worth area not related to earlier shooting in Boca Raton on I-95 being investigated by @bocapolice
— Boca Raton Police (@BocaPolice) February 7, 2018