Hollywood Police Officer killed during altercation with suspect

Yandy Chirino Death – Obituary : A police officer 28-year-old Yandy Chirino was shot and killed during an altercation with an 18-year-old suspect in a Hollywood neighborhood late Sunday night, in what the city’s police chief called “one of the darkest moments in our department’s history.”

Officers had responded to report of a suspicious incident at about 10:30 p.m. near the 4100 block of N. Hills Drive when there was some sort of altercation with the suspect, Hollywood Police spokesperson Deanna Bettineschi said.

The officer was shot and rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

On Monday afternoon, officers escorted an ambulance carrying Chirino’s body in a procession from the hospital to the Broward County medical examiner’s office.

There was a massive police presence at the scene late Sunday and into Monday.

Officers from Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale and other cities in Broward County had responded to the scene for assistance.

Footage showed officers with guns drawn and K-9’s searching the normally quiet neighborhood.

Crime scene tape was closing off the area throughout the morning.

No other injuries were reported in the incident, which remains under investigation.

Multiple neighbors said Banegas had been seen going through the neighborhood on a bicycle trying to open car doors. One resident said a surveillance camera at his home captured Banegas around 10:15 p.m., not long before the altercation.

“He did get in to one of our cars, it was left unlocked, it was just washed yesterday and we neglected to lock it,” David Feigenbaum said. “He rifled through the glove compartment and really there wasn’t anything there for him to take actually.”

A bicycle was still at the scene Monday afternoon near some evidence markers.

Flags were lowered to half-staff outside the Hollywood Police Department Monday as the community mourned the loss of Chirino.

“This is indeed a sad day for our entire community and in particular for our Hollywood Police Department family,” Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy said.

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