FORT LAUDERDALE – A fatal shooting occurred in Coral Springs on Tuesday night, resulting in an arrest.
The police received numerous 911 calls around 8:30 p.m. reporting gunfire in the vicinity of Ramblewood Drive’s 9200 block.
One caller mentioned hearing four gunshots and observing a man, later identified as Chase Harder, carrying a child on his shoulder. The man reportedly hurried to a white Mercedes SUV and swiftly left the parking lot.
Upon arrival, officers discovered a person’s body who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The victim’s identity was pending notification of their next of kin.
Investigators managed to acquire the license plate number of the Mercedes.
Around 11 p.m., the biological father of the child contacted the police, informing them that Harder had left the child at his residence. Subsequently, Harder contacted the police himself and surrendered.
During interrogation, Harder confessed, as stated by the police.
Harder is facing charges of premeditated murder and making written threats to cause harm or kill.
Harder serves as a detention officer in the Fort Lauderdale police and was hired in 2002. The department has suspended him without pay, awaiting further investigation.
In an official statement, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department expressed, “The allegations are deeply troubling and do not align with the expected character and professionalism of our officers.
Harder has been placed on unpaid administrative leave while we continue the investigation. Our heartfelt condolences go out to those impacted by this tragic event.”