How was a Lauderhill Cop Charged with Shooting Firearm from Vehicle?
While we as citizens have the right to bear arms, there are so many laws regulating the use, purchase, selling, and carrying of firearms. Discharging a firearm from a vehicle within a defined proximity of a person for example, is a serious felony. The crime gets even more
complicated when it’s an officer in uniform discharging the firearm for reasons that do not involve a heated pursuit.
Lauderhill Cop Arrested for Shooting at Another Cop
According to a WPTV News report and Lauderhill Police, Officer Kristopher John Bieger, 30 fired several shots at another officer as she worked an off-duty security job at Inverness plaza around 7:30 pm Saturday night. The target of the shooting was in uniform and sitting in her marked patrol car when Bieger opened fire with a handgun, according to the news report.
The female officer was not hit and the gun used in the shooting was not Bieger’s service revolver. According to the news report, Bieger allegedly left the scene, drove 16 miles to Donato’s Ristorante and ordered two slices of pizza. Later on that evening SWAT teams poured in and Bieger was arrested without incident.
Bieger now faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and discharging a firearm from a vehicle, according to Lauderhill Police Capt. Constance Stanley.
Bieger, on the force since October 2006, has been suspended without pay. He is being held in the Broward Main Jail.
Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle
According to Florida Law, any occupant of any vehicle who knowingly and willfully discharges any firearm from the vehicle within 1,000 feet of any person commits a second-degree felony. If you have ever been accused of this serious crime, you are going to need legal help. A criminal defense lawyer will be able to explain how this law does not apply to those who are defending life or property or using the firearm during official duty requiring the discharge of the weapon.
A criminal defense lawyer will launch a personal investigation into your case to help you design the best possible defense strategy for your situation. It is important to have legal representation because the sentences for weapons charges can be extremely serious.