By Sharon Aron Baron
A suspect wanted in connection with a shooting in North Lauderdale was killed during an officer-involved shooting in Tennessee the same night.
On the morning of July 14, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the area of the 7600 block of Southwest 10th Court in North Lauderdale.
When they arrived on the scene, they located the gunshot victim, Julio Cesar Mejia Lopez, 36, of Margate. He was trauma alerted to Broward Health North, where his condition is critical.
According to detectives, after the shooting, the suspect, Cristhian Murillo, 32, of North Lauderdale, drove to a nearby house where he stole a gun and ammunition. He then fled in a green Chevrolet Tahoe.
BSO was able to identify the Murillo and tracked his vehicle heading north through Florida, where an arrest warrant and a statewide Be On The Lookout was issued.
That evening, troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol in Knoxville attempted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. The driver refused to stop and led troopers on a pursuit.
Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to assist with the pursuit, which ended in an exchange of gunfire.
Murillo was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk, Coral Springs Talk and Parkland Talk.
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