7Skyforce HD flew over the scene where several agencies could be seen in the parking lot of the Masjid Al Iman mosque in the area of Northwest 25th Avenue and Franklin Drive, early Friday afternoon.
Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and Fort Lauderdale Police responded to the scene just after 11:30 a.m., Friday, to help U.S. Marshals serve a warrant.
Fugitive task force kills suspect outside of Florida mosque
“The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Task Force was involved in zeroing on an attempted murder subject,” said U.S. Marshal Gadyaces Serralta.
Officials said the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force spotted a black SUV that was believed to belong to an attempted murder suspect from Osceola County, parked near the mosque.
Officials said the suspect went to a home in Kissimmee and battered a man, early Thursday morning. He then attacked a woman with a knife.
Paramedics transported them to a local hospital. The woman was last listed in critical condition, and the man’s condition was unknown.
Investigators said Ould-Rouis drove to the Fort Lauderdale area, and it was outside of the mosque where police and U.S. Marshals confronted him.
US Marshals Task Force Kills Fugitive Outside Florida Mosque: Officials
When Marshals approached the suspect, officials said, the suspect pulled out a firearm, and several officers opened fire.
“I heard a couple, they were going like, ‘Prrra-pop, pop, pop,” he said. “They were going on, and I don’t know if it was a person or nothing. I didn’t see nobody like that, but I just came out when I started hearing the gunshots.”
Marshal, officers kill fugitive outside Florida mosque
“He exited the vehicle brandishing a firearm. The task force members opened fire, and the subject, unfortunately, is deceased,” he said.
Officers from Plantation, Fort Lauderdale and one Marshal fired shots at the victim, according to U.S. Marshals.
“We do not believe that the mosque was involved in any way, nor the subject with the mosque,” said Serralta, “but, obviously, those are things that we need to look into, and it’s going to take some time, folks.”
She said her mother called her to alert her about the shooting, so she rushed to the scene. However, authorities did not allow her to enter the area.
“She said my brother had just got shot, so I just came this way,” she said as she fought back tears. “I’m just trying to see what’s going on, I want to know if he’s OK.”
It remains unclear whether Ould-Rouis is a South Florida resident, what his crime background is and why he chose this specific mosque.
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Police have identified an attempted murder suspect who was shot and killed by members of a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force outside a Fort Lauderdale mosque Friday.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Hamid Ould-Rouis, 59, and say he was wanted for attempted murder.
Rouis was accused of entering the home of a Kissimmee couple and severely stabbing a woman, who is in critical condition.
Chopper 4 flew over a parking lot shortly before noon near the Masjid Al Iman mosque, at 2542 Franklin Drive, where there was a massive police presence and a dead body lying next to a car.
On Friday afternoon, the Osceola Sheriff’s Office released the following information on what led to the shooting outside the Lauderdale mosque:
“On Thursday, May 23, at approximately 3:30 a.m. deputies responded to a home in Kissimmee in reference to a report of a possible shooting. When they arrived, deputies discovered a male and female victim with injuries who were transported to a local hospital.”
Detectives began their search for Ould-Rouis and on Friday, U.S. Marshalls made contact with him in Fort Lauderdale.