Father killed in shooting, suspect caught by K-9
NEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Deputies, with the help of a police K-9, apprehended a suspect in connection to a shooting Sunday night that claimed the life of a father and rocked the residents of a South Florida community, officials said.
Near the scene where 24-year-old Alphonso Grier lost his life, off the 2000 block of Southwest 50th Avenue in unincorporated Central Broward County, a memorial stands with flowers and candles. Monday, friends and family paid their respects to a man whose death leaves a 4-year-old daughter without a father.
Close friends remembered Grier with fondness. "Every time someone dies they always try to say, 'He was was the best guy,' and this, that and the third, but Al was a good guy," said Kameron Campbell.
Arthur Frost said of Grier, "Took care of his life the legal way. He never got himself in trouble or mixed up doing drugs or anything. He had a baby, he had his daughter."
Early in the investigation, a large group of people had gathered outside the home where Grier's body was found. Police questioned several witnesses at the scene. "There were about 10 to 15 people who were outside at the time of the shooting when the suspect opened fire, up the street, hitting the victim," said BSO spokesperson Mike Jachles. "Thankfully, none of the other people, other than the victim, were hit by gunfire."
A neighbor said he pulled into his yard and found Grier lying on the ground. "I pulled out my car, and he was just was laying down over here, and he was just gone, just shot up," he said.
Neighbors said they heard close to a dozen shots around 8:30 p.m. "Well, when I hear [the shots], I said, 'Oh, my God, somebody killed or somebody kill somebody, so I hear the gun, but I don't know what happened," said a woman who lives nearby.
BSO said Grier was shot in the chest. He was rushed to Broward Health Medical center, where he later died from his injuries.
BSO investigators said the suspect fled in a pickup truck. A K-9 unit later helped catch the subject in Plantation, two miles away from the scene of the shooting, and took him into custody for questioning. "It was believed he was in a pickup truck," Jachles noted. "That pickup truck fled after the shooting. First arriving BSO deputy intercepted that vehicle based on the suspect description. They followed that vehicle. They executed a felony stop. The suspect made a decision to flee, and he was quickly apprehended by a K-9 unit."
Friends noted they were unhappy by the ambulance's response to the scene. "Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue administered CPR," said Jachles. "They did aggressive resuscitative efforts, but unfortunately, that victim died at Broward Health Medical Center."
Deputies still have not identified the alleged shooter. Friends who knew the victim said a longtime beef in the neighborhood between the victim and suspect may have led to the shooting. The neighbors, however, would not elaborate on the details of that dispute.
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