Boynton Beach, Florida Man Shoots Himself in the Face After Traffic Stop
Muhannad Maher Ibrahim, 33, of Palm Springs, Florida, is in critical condition after shooting himself in the head during a traffic stop by Boynton Beach Police as they were about to take him into custody for an outstanding warrant for domestic battery by strangulation.
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Ibrahim was pulled over for driving on the wrong side of the road.
The incident occurred shortly before 12:30 a.m. Monday near Woolbright Road and Congress Avenue.
A Boynton Beach police report said Muhannad Ibrahim, 33, was traveling west in the eastbound lanes, prompting officers to conduct a traffic stop as officers believed he was impaired. After running his information through teletype, an active warrant for a domestic battery that occurred the previous day in Palm Springs was discovered.
Body-camera video released by the Boynton Beach Police Department showed Ibrahim struggling with the officers after he was asked to step out of the car.
As officers attempted to pull him out of the car, Ibrahim could be seen holding a gun that police said had been concealed in his waistband.
During the struggle, Ibrahim falls to the ground with the gun still in his hand. Police said Ibrahim eventually raised the gun to his chin and pulled the trigger, firing one round into his chin, although that portion of the video is not shown.
“The Boynton Beach Police Department is releasing this video to inform viewers about the inherent dangers faced by law enforcement, where nothing is routine or typical,” a message in the video said.
Ibrahim now faces charges of carrying a concealed firearm, resisting arrest without violence, and improperly exhibiting a firearm. He was taken to a hospital and treated for a gunshot to the chin.
According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office inmate search page, he was booked on February 27 at 5:12 a.m. and released on a $50,000 bond on March 1 at 11:04 p.m. There was no booking photo included due to Ibrahim’s injuries.
The original charge of domestic battery and obstruction of justice were filed at large with the State Attorney’s office.
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The two officers involved in the traffic stop were not injured during the struggle.
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