Officers kill woman in Broward; her alleged carjacking accomplice faces murder charge
Levon Lopez appeared in Broward County court on Wednesday to face a murder charge even though he didn’t shoot and kill Brittni Muldrew. Coconut Creek police officers did.
Prosecutors argue Lopez, 49, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, and lived in Boca Raton, contributed to causing the situation that led to the shooting shortly before 8:25 p.m., on Monday in the city of Coconut Creek.
Muldrew, 36, was driving a white Mercedes-Benz that was reported stolen out of Parkland, police said. She was speeding westbound on Hillsborough Boulevard and Lopez was a passenger, police said.
Three officers and a police canine were injured while trying to arrest Muldrew and Lopez. When Muldrew reversed the car in the direction of police officers, two of the officers fired their weapons, wounding Muldrew near Lyons Road.
Officers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Muldrew. A doctor later pronounced her dead. The two officers who fired their weapons remain on administrative leave. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.
Officers arrested Lopez, who wasn’t injured during the shooting, and he faces charges in the Broward County capital homicide case assigned to Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer at the Central Courthouse.
Lopez is facing a charge of murder while engaged in a certain felony offense. This is because when someone dies during the commission of a felony, prosecutors in Florida can charge the person who committed or attempted to commit the felony with murder. Lopez is also facing a grand theft auto charge.