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Deputy suspended after tape leaked of Fort Lauderdale shooting

Cameraman recording video seen in reflection, mayor says

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Broward sheriff's deputy was suspended with pay Tuesday, days after security footage of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting was leaked to TMZ, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said in a statement.

"Our investigation is moving forward," Israel said. "We are making progress and aggressively pursuing this case. Today, I suspended a deputy with pay in connection with this active investigation."

The deputy was not identified.

Before the Broward County Commission got down to business Tuesday, commissioners addressed the fatal shooting last week at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

"First of all, I want to extend my condolences to the families of the victims of the event on that day," Broward County Vice Mayor Beam Furr said.

Four of the five people killed have been publicly identified. Another six were shot, but survived. Authorities said most were tourists in town to catch a cruise.

Authorities said 54 people were taken to Broward Health Medical Center for other injuries or health issues.

"The visiting community that were here on vacations, we thank you for coming," Commissioner Dale Holness said. "We hope to see you again. Let's not let this act stop us from living fully."

The attention now is focused on surveillance video leaked to TMZ over the weekend, which shows the accused gunman, Esteban Santiago, 26, firing at random in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2.

Someone described as a high ranking law enforcement officer with security clearance used a cellphone to record off of a monitor, not realizing that part of their own reflection was captured on the footage that was likely sold to TMZ.

"Our investigative team went back and enhanced it, and from that point of enhancement we were able to identify an agency and certain characteristics of that agency of that enhancement," Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said.

The images are now in the hands of specialists with the FBI.


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