Coconut Creek, FL – Two people were murdered and a police officer and another man were wounded during what was thought to be a domestic disturbance on Saturday morning.
The incident began when police received a 911 call at about 7:05 a.m. on Aug. 24 that reported a woman banging on the door asking for help in the 4200-block of Northwest 57th Drive in the Coral Pointe neighborhood, WFOR reported.
Coconut Creek Police Chief Albert Arenal told reporters at a press conference that Officer Andrew Renna arrived on the scene within one minute of the 911 call, and that a gunman opened fire on his police vehicle as soon as he pulled up.
“When he arrived, his vehicle immediately took rounds from a suspect,” Chief Arenal said. “They were shotgun rounds fired through passenger door and passenger window. Multiple shots were fired. Officer Renna accelerated out of the area as fast as he could.”
Chief Arenal said that the 30-year-old Officer Renna was struck by shotgun fire and that his right lung had been punctured.
He was transported to Broward Health North Medical Center where he remained in the Intensive Care Unit.
The chief said that Officer Renna was in stable condition and had not yet required surgery.
“We feel very lucky about his condition,” Chief Arenal told reporters.
He described the officer as being in good spirits but a lot of pain.
Officer Renna is a four-and-a-half year veteran of the Coconut Creek Police Department, according to Chief Arenal.
The chief said that as Officer Renna was transported to the hospital, officers went to the area where he had been shot and encountered a man with a shotgun on the corner of the street.
Police confronted 44-year-old Jason Roseman and he dropped the shotgun and surrendered.
After Roseman was taken into custody without incident, Chief Arenal said that Coconut Creek police, along with other agencies, sent a combined SWAT/tactical team inside the home located at 4217 Northwest 57th Drive.
Officers found a dead person and a dead pit bull inside. They also found several rifles and ammunition upstairs.
The chief said they believe Roseman lived at that address but haven’t confirmed it yet.
Chief Arenal said that officers then entered the garage at that address and found what they believed was an improvised explosive device (IED).
He said bomb squad responded to the scene and determined the IED was actually a prop and not a real device.
Next the officers found a female dead in the driveway next door at 4227 Northwest 57th Drive.
Then they found a man in critical condition in the driveway of 4237 Northwest 57th Drive.
Gabriella Almeida told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that her parents’ neighbor said that there was a body lying in the parking lot of their apartment building.
“My parents said their neighbor saw some guy under a truck,” Almeida said. “I believe he died under the truck and was one of the people who was shot. My neighbor, who is a cop, was frantic on the phone saying that there was a dead body under the truck.”
Chief Arenal said the man was transported to the hospital and remained in “extremely critical” condition.
The chief declined to comment further or speculate during the press conference.
He told reporters the investigation had just begun and detectives were interviewing Roseman.
Broward County court records showed that Coconut Creek police arrested Roseman on Aug. 24, 2017, exactly two years to the day before he opened fire on Officer Renna, WPLG reported.
Records showed Roseman was charged with domestic battery by strangulation, touch or strike battery, and aggravated assault on that occasion.
Chief Arenal did not comment on whether there was any significance to the date.