On Friday afternoon, the Broward Sheriff’s office released the video from surveillance cameras, two deputies’ body cameras and 911 recordings from the open investigation to defend the actions of Deputies Sean Youngward, 48, and Steven Briggs, 49, who shot and killed Jean Pedro Pierre, 42, Wednesday at the Sunset Hills Condominium in Lauderdale Lakes.
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Friday he wanted to share the evidence to be transparent and correct what he called “misinformation” about the shooting. At the beginning of his press conference, he offered condolences to Pierre’s family.
“I cannot imagine what you are going through,” Israel said.
The surveillance video is from the condominium’s security cameras. It does not have audio, but the deputies’ body camera videos and citizen’s video that was shot from several stories above the shooting scene do have sound.
Youngward was the first deputy to respond at 4:50 p.m. to a report of a disturbance at the complex, at 3610 NW 21st St. that is east of State Road 7. Videos show that when they met at the apartment door, Youngward was “overwhelmed by the superior size and strength” of Pierre, Israel said.
Several times, Pierre slaps Youngward who aims a Taser at him as the men move out of the hallway and toward a parking lot.
Youngward, hired two years ago by the sheriff’s office, tells Pierre to “Back down,” “What’s wrong with you?” and “Stand down” as they fight their way out to the parking lot. The clicking of Youngward’s Taser can be heard.
“Settle down,” Youngward says. “You tell me what’s wrong here. Just tell me, what is wrong?”
Pierre’s responses are not clearly audible on the body camera recording.
The cellphone video also recorded the voices of onlookers who were standing on an upper floor of the four-story complex. Youngward had called in a Code 3, signaling he was in great danger, and as approaching sirens grew louder, the bystanders urged Pierre to let go of the deputy.
A SWAT team arrived but they weren’t needed. Deputies began performing CPR on Pierre, surveillance video showed.
Thirty-one minutes after Youngward had knocked on Pierre’s door, the wounded man was in an ambulance and on his way to the hospital, where he died.