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Wilton Manors Man Told Cops to Shoot Him (UPDATE)

Update: BSO has released the identity of the Wilton Manors man police shot and killed Sunday as Thomas Carberry.

Carberry was 50.

Original post:

The suicidal Wilton Manors man who wandered outside his home with a gun, threatening to shoot his roommates and police, told the responding Wilton Manors Police officers to shoot him, according to witnesses.

"Just do it," he shouted with his arms stretched out as he clutched a gun in his right hand.

The officers called out to the man to drop his weapon several times before that. When he refused and acted more agitated, they opened fire.

The man, whose name is being withheld at the time, died at Broward Health Medical Center soon after.

The officers arrived at the home, which sits on a cul-de-sac on NW Ninth Terrace, to investigate an armed man who was making threats to kill himself.

According to the dispatcher, the man's roommates said he had threatened to kill them and any cops who would show up. When the man wandered outside with his gun, the roommates locked the doors. But, they told the dispatcher, he tried to get back into the house and began firing his gun outside, according to a BSO report.

When the cops arrived, they found the man outside with the gun in his hand.

The officers commanded the man to drop him gun, but he responded "Shoot me" several times, according to witnesses.

Sun Sentinel photographer Joe Cavaretta watched the entire incident unfold.

"I heard the police three, maybe four times, [say], 'Drop your weapon. Drop your weapon. Drop your weapon,'" he told Local 10. "And he said, 'Just do it. Just do it.'"

With the man refusing to put down his weapon and acting aggressively, the officers were eventually forced to fire, taking the man down. It's not clear how many shots were fired.

Cavaretta took some dramatic shots of the standoff, including when police opened fire on the man, which you can see on the Sun Sentinel's website.

Following the takedown, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue transported the suspect to Broward Health Medical Center. He was pronounced dead Sunday night.

According to the BSO report, the two officers were put on paid administrative leave, pending further investigation. Officers are put on leave following incidents like this, per police-involved-shooting policy.

The Broward Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting.

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