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Police ID Attempted Murder Suspect Shot, Killed By Law Enforcement Outside Fort Lauderdale Mosque

By By Carey Codd, For CBS 4 News, On 26 May 2019, Read Original
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By Carey Codd

CAIR-Florida civil rights attorney Omar Saleh interviewed for CBS News. FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami)

Police have identified an attempted murder suspect who was shot and killed by members of a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force outside a Fort Lauderdale mosque Friday.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Hamid Ould-Rouis, 59, and say he was wanted for attempted murder. Rouis was accused of entering the home of a Kissimmee couple and severely stabbing a woman, who is in critical condition. “It was horrific, crazy and graphic,” said a witness who asked his name not be used. “I heard 8 shots. They shot him a lot of times,” said the witness. Chopper 4 flew over a parking lot shortly before noon near the Masjid Al Iman mosque, at 2542 Franklin Drive, where there was a massive police presence and a dead body lying next to a car. It’s not known how many bullets were fired, or how many times he was hit.

On Friday afternoon, the Osceola Sheriff’s Office released the following information on what led to the shooting outside the Lauderdale mosque: “On Thursday, May 23, at approximately 3:30 a.m. deputies responded to a home in Kissimmee in reference to a report of a possible shooting. When they arrived, deputies discovered a male and female victim with injuries who were transported to a local hospital.” Police said Ould-Rouis entered the home, battered the man and attacked the woman with a knife. Detectives began their search for Ould-Rouis and on Friday, U.S. Marshalls made contact with him in Fort Lauderdale. Larry Bowman lives and works in the neighborhood. He said there are always kids and families around and he wishes the Marshals and the task force had tried to apprehend Ould-Rouis elsewhere. “As many gunshots that were fired at that time, a stray bullet could have went anywhere,” Bowman said.

The feds said the mosque was not involved in any way and mosque members said it’s a mystery why Ould-Rouis wound up here. “This individual did not enter the mosque,” said Omar Saleh, an attorney with CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida. “Mosque members and the imam do not know this individual.” We are learning more details about Ould-Rouis. In addition to the violent accusations from Thursday, CBS 4 News obtained court documents showing that Ould-Rouis was arrested in Osceola County in March after a violent encounter with his wife.

A police report said Ould Rouis “stated that he was going to kill the victim if she did not stay with him.” The report also said he threatened “he was going to burn her face” with boiling hot oil. The report says he pushed her onto the sofa and used a stun gun on her twice. People in the Islamic community are grateful the no one else was hurt. “We’re just thankful and the community is thankful that none of their congregation was hurt or injured,” Saleh said.