A car at the crash scene in Florida. (Photo Credit: Broward County Sheriffs Office via Getty Images)
A Vermont man who brought a sock and a hammer to a Florida crash scene earlier this year — and repeatedly stabbed himself before shooting himself — has died, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Joshua E. Enright was pronounced dead on Sunday at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 26-year-old was discovered by police on March 11 on Southwest 136th Avenue in South Deerfield, just over one mile west of Interstate 95, according to a police incident report.
Enright had reportedly called 911 and said, “Call back and I’ll tell you what happened and leave it alone.” He then started arguing with the dispatcher and hung up, according to the report. He re-emerged moments later, brandishing a knife and rocking back and forth in front of his car, which was parked in the roadway. When a Department of Transportation (DOT) worker showed up, Enright allegedly stabbed him in the leg several times. The DOT worker ran to get help, and a Broward County Sheriff’s deputy arriving on the scene was flagged down by a neighbor, who pointed him toward Enright.
(Photo Credit: Broward County Sheriffs Office via Getty Images)
Broward County Sheriff’s deputies, who arrived on the scene, said they “Never saw anything like it.” Enright allegedly started stabbing himself with a sock and hammer. As Deputy Steve Behnam and another sergeant attempted to get Enright to stop, he ran at them with the hammer in his hand, according to the report. Behnam fired two shots at Enright, killing him.
Enright’s mother, Faye Ewing, told the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel that she talked with her son by phone earlier that day after he had checked himself into the state hospital because of some mental health issues. “He was going to get better. He really was,” she said.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Josh Enright,” the state department of corrections said in a statement. “The Department of Corrections and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are working closely with local law enforcement authorities in this incident.”
Read the full story at Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.
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