The suspect wanted in connection with a shooting in North Lauderdale was killed during an officer-involved shooting in Knox County, Tennessee Tuesday night.
At approximately 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, 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 deputies arrived on scene they located the gunshot victim, Julio Cesar Mejia Lopez. Lopez was trauma alerted to Broward Health North where his condition is critical.
Preliminary investigation reveals that after the shooting the suspect, Cristhian Murillo, drove to a nearby house where he stole a gun and ammunition. He then fled in a green Chevrolet Tahoe.
Through investigative means homicide detectives and the BSO Violent Intervention Proactive Enforcement Response (V.I.P.E.R) Unit were able to identify the Murillo and tracked his vehicle heading north through Florida. An arrest warrant and a statewide BOLO (Be On The Lookout) was issued.
At approximately 7 p.m. on July 14, 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. The encounter ended in an exchange of gunfire. Murillo was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Information regarding the officer involved shooting in Tennessee should be directed to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBINewsroom.com).
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact BSO Homicide Detectives Wilson DeJesus at 954-321-4289or Derek Diaz at 954-321-4356. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.