A man allegedly murdered a woman and then was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy while driving the wrong way on the I-95 in Florida.
The chase on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County on February 7, 2018 ended when the deputy shot and killed the driver of a Nissan Rogue. The Rogue had crashed into three vehicles and forced others off the road, causing injuries.
It all started when deputies received a call about a shooting in Lake Worth, Florida around 9:30 a.m. Authorities claimed the man had shot a woman in the face in a suburban parking lot. He then allegedly stuffed her body in the Rogue before taking off.
Deputies later received calls about a black Nissan Rogue heading southbound in the northbound lanes of I-95 in Palm Beach. Officers rushed the vehicle, which was damaged and had begun to catch fire after multiple crashes.
A trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol hit the driver with his stun gun, but it didn’t work. The sheriff’s deputy, fearing for his life, shot and killed the suspect.
“Due to the actions he was performing in the car, the deputy said he was in fear of his life and life of the trooper and so he opened fire and killed the suspect inside,” said Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.
Police found the woman dead inside the vehicle.
“Deputies grabbed the female and got her out of the car to the roadside. They did extract her from the car as soon as possible—they didn’t know if she had expired or not,” Bradshaw said.
Deceased’s Identities Revealed
While authorities initially withheld the identities of the man and woman, on February 8 they confirmed their names as Hugo Steven Selva, 22, and Nicole M. Novak, 26.
Facebook pages for the deceased show they had a relationship and a child together.
The sheriff’s office alleges Selva also shot a man in West Palm Beach on February 6 and another man in Boynton Beach on February 7.