In yet another black eye on South Florida law enforcement, a Lauderhill police officer has been charged with attempted first degree murder and discharging a firearm from a vehicle.
Lauderhill Police Officer Kristopher John Bieger allegedly shot at another officer Saturday, but missed.
Detectives said the shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. in the 5600 block of West Oakland Park Boulevard. Bieger, 30, of Tamarac, sped away in a 2006 Dodge Silverado pickup truck.
The officer who was shot at was on-duty, in uniform and in a marked patrol car at the time. Her name has not been released by authorities.
Sources report that the shooting stems from a domestic situation between the two officers. Allegedly, the female officer who was targeted had broken up with Bieger early Friday.
After a three-hour manhunt, Davie police and a SWAT team arrested Bieger at Donato’s Ristorante, 16 miles south of the shooting in the Regency Square Plaza, at the corner of Griffin and Volunteer roads in Davie.
“He ordered two slices,” said Sam Karia, a witness. “He was buggin’ out on the phone. Actually someone heard him crying on the phone to somebody.” That somebody turned out to be a fellow unnamed Lauderhill police officer.
When the SWAT team entered the pizza shop, witnesses say the officer prepared for the takedown. “He told us all to hide in the back, away from the windows,” another witness stated.
Bieger was taken into custody by Davie officers and turned over to Lauderhill authorities. He was booked into the Broward County Jail around 11 o’clock Sunday morning pending an appearance Monday before Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley.
Bieger, on the Lauderhill force since October 2006, has been suspended without pay. According to Captain Constance Stanley of the Lauderhill Police Department, the gun allegedly used in the shooting was not his service revolver.
Bieger is not known to have a criminal history record in the state of Florida.
This is the second instance in as many weeks that South Florida law enforcement officers have made national headlines.
In a police chase reported worldwide, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna “D.J.” Watts chased and stopped an allegedly reckless Miami Police Officer on the Florida Turnpike near Hollywood Boulevard in his marked patrol car.
First reported on the LeoAffairs message board, the dash cam footage shows Trooper Watts chasing Miami Police Officer Fausto López, 35, after he repeatedly ignored her warnings to stop while allegedly driving speeds of up to 120 mph.
In the Florida Highway Patrol video, the marked Miami Police car, driven by Lopez, is seen weaving in and out of traffic at high rates of speed as Trooper Watts gives chase with lights and sirens blaring.
Upon stopping Officer Lopez, Trooper Watts forcibly removed him from his marked patrol car at gunpoint and arrested him for reckless driving.
That incident occurred on October 11, 2011.