LAUDERHILL, Fla. - A teenage boy is dead after authorities believe he jumped into a South Florida canal while trying to avoid police responding to a burglary report.
Police received a 911 call regarding a home burglary in Lauderhill, about five miles west of Fort Lauderdale, on Monday morning. They surveyed the property and heard the rustling of a chain-link fence.
The property is adjacent to a canal, where one officer found a teen boy climbing out of the water.
Capt. Rick Rocco says the teen told an arresting officer his friend was in the canal. The officer was unable to locate the other teen. A dive team later recovered the boy. He was taken to Florida Medical Center where he died.