While the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) continues its independent investigation into the deputy-involved shooting, new information is being released Friday night, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call of shots fired in the 2500 block of Stirling Road in Dania Beach. Upon arrival they encountered Joshua Gay who was armed with a box cutter and a firearm. Deputies gave several verbal warnings to Gay to drop his weapons.
After his refusal to drop his weapons, deputies attempted to de-escalate the situation and used less than lethal force by deploying a TASER. However, Gay still did not comply and lethal force was then used to end an imminent threat to deputies and the community.
Deputies were already in the area searching for Gay who earlier was involved in a domestic disturbance call when the firearm he had was taken. During a prolonged search for Gay, shots were heard by deputies in the area.
Immediately after Gay was shot, deputies started life saving measures including CPR.
The subject was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. No deputies were injured, and no other injuries were reported. The firearm and a box cutter were recovered on scene.
Per BSO policy, the deputy who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative assignment pending further investigation.