By Trend News Line 2024-02-12 15:40:30.
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An investigation is currently underway after a fatal shooting involving a deputy from the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Weston, Florida. The deceased individual, identified as 55-year-old Mario Bonilla, had been reported missing by his family just two days prior to the incident.
On Monday morning, BSO deputies responded to a suspicious call at 1449 Capri Lane. Upon arrival, an altercation ensued with an individual inside a vehicle, leading to shots being fired. Tragically, when fire rescue crews arrived at the scene around 9 a.m., they discovered that Bonilla had succumbed to his injuries.
According to BSO Spokesperson Veda Coleman-Wright, the incident unfolded after receiving information about a suspicious individual in a parked vehicle within an apartment complex on Capri Lane. Deputies made contact with Bonilla, who exited his car armed with a weapon. Despite verbal commands to drop the weapon, Bonilla failed to comply, resulting in one of the deputies firing their weapon.
The discovery of Bonilla’s car at an apartment complex was made possible by a member of the public who had seen a social media post about the missing person. Bonilla’s family also became aware of the post and contacted BSO with the information.
No additional injuries were reported during the incident, and Coleman-Wright confirmed that Bonilla had charged at the deputies. Bonilla’s mother-in-law, Wanda Cordero, shared that he may have been grappling with mental health issues, which could have played a role in the tragic encounter.
Cordero expressed her confusion and disbelief over the events, stating that Bonilla appeared to be a happy man and gave no indication of distress. She mentioned that he did not reside at the apartment complex where his vehicle was found.
Neighbors in the area were startled by the commotion that unfolded on Monday morning, with one individual reporting hearing yelling followed by a gunshot.
The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative assignment, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the investigation, as is standard practice in cases involving officer-involved shootings.
As the investigation continues, our thoughts remain with the family and loved ones of Mario Bonilla during this difficult time.
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