Man Shoots Woman, Drives Wrong Way on Interstate 95, Gets Shot by Deputy

February 7, 2018 Updated: October 5, 2018

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.

About 15 minutes later, police started to get calls about the car driving south on the northbound side of Interstate 95.

“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.

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.

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.

 

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