Officer shoots ‘combative subject’ in Hollywood, police say

A police officer shot a suspect once in the lower back, the Hollywood Police Department announced Sunday.

According to Deanna Bettineschi, a spokeswoman for the department, the shooting was about 11:10 a.m., Saturday at 5200 Hollywood Blvd.

The officer was helping Hollywood Fire Rescue personnel with “a combative subject” and the officer discharged a firearm during a struggle, according to Bettineschi.

Fire Rescue took the injured suspect, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, to Memorial Regional, according to Bettineschi. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting.

The Hollywood Police Department is mourning the loss of Detective Jon Cooke, a 23-year veteran who was a part of the city’s burglary, domestic violence, and violent crimes unit.

Officials said Cooke, also a U.S. Army veteran, was slated to become the department’s next Task Force Officer for the FBI’s violent crimes unit. He served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division from 1988 to 1992.


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