Florida Atlantic Shooting: Police Shoot Homeless Man After He Produces Knife

Boca Raton, FL – A homeless man has been hospitalized after being shot by campus police at Florida Atlantic University.

The Florida Atlantic shooting took place on the Boca Raton campus after a homeless man produced a knife in front of FAU officers.

FAU Police Chief Charles Lowe said officers had responded to a non-emergency call at 10.01am on Friday morning. The caller reported a homeless man on the roof of Building 3 in the Research Park area of FAU.

When two FAU officers headed to the roof to remove the man from the campus, the man allegedly pulled a knife on the police officers. Lowe explained:

“Preliminarily, it appears the suspect produced a knife and shots were fired. The suspect was struck. He was transported in serious condition to Delray Medical Center.”

Lowe added no officers had been harmed in the incident, and no civilians had become directly involved in the confrontation. He did not reveal whether the man, who was said to be between the age of 20 and 30, had threatened the officers.

The State Attorney’s Office and Boca Raton police will launch an investigation into the Florida Atlantic shooting incident immediately. Before holding a conference just before noon on Friday, Boca Raton police took to Twitter to report:

The school was not evacuated at any point during the Florida Atlantic shooting. The WPTV report embedded below has further details: