PLANTATION — Plantation police have identified the homeless man shot and killed Sunday by a police officer, who said the man punched him in the face during a routine foot patrol behind an office building.
Salvado Ellswood, 36, had been released less than a month earlier from a Florida state prison where he had been serving a two-year sentence for battery on a law enforcement officer, records show.
Officer Erik Carlton encountered Ellswood shortly before 9 p.m. while patrolling behind a plaza at 300 S. State Road 7, Detective Philip Toman, a Plantation police spokesman, said.
"He's homeless, so I don't know if he was living back there," Toman said. "He was there when the officer arrived and nobody's supposed to be back there."
Carlton said Ellswood assaulted him after he asked Ellswood to leave the property. Carlton stunned Ellswood with his Taser, to no effect. When Ellswood's aggression grew, Carlton drew his gun and fired, Toman said.