PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.Feb 26 2011 — A South Florida police officer facing criminal charges killed himself during a standoff with authorities.
Police responded to the home of 31-year-old Elijah Jay Rodgers Thursday afternoon after receiving a report about a man threatening to kill himself. Officials say Rodgers eventually shot himself in the head. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Lauderhill police asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to begin investigating Rodgers last fall for possible misconduct. The FDLE was preparing to charge Rodgers with official misconduct and falsification of official records. He was supposed to report to the Broward County Jail on Friday.
Rodgers worked for Lauderhill police for six years and the Broward Sheriff’s Office for five years before that.