Deputies in Broward County, Fla., are coming under fire from a man who says he was shot multiple times by police while he was napping in a car.
The deputies have a different take on the March 8 incident. They say they feared for their lives because Brandon Johnson, 21, of Pompano Beach, Fla., drove his borrowed Toyota Echo at them, WPTV reported.
A complaint affidavit about the incident states that Detective Ron Miller and Detective Andrea Penoyer Tianga, a cast member on the TLC reality TV show "Police Women of Broward County," were patrolling Pompano Beach in an unmarked Chevrolet Tahoe when they observed a "suspicious vehicle" backed into a parking space.
According to the affidavit, the two deputies observed "a black male in the driver's seat" "attempting to duck down in an effort not to be seen." Miller reportedly pulled the SUV in front of Johnson's car "to initiate a stop" and turned on police lights. The detectives, in tactical gear as part of a Metro Broward Drug Task Force sweep, approached from the driver's side of Johnson's car.
The deputies said they fired after the vehicle accelerated in an aggressive manner toward them. Although Penoyer Tianga was struck in the leg by the Toyota and knocked into a parked vehicle, she did not sustain serious injuries, according to agency spokeswoman Dani Moschella.