An enraged man who broke out of an ambulance early Monday fatally shot one police officer and seriously injured another before fleeing in a squad car, authorities said.

The unidentified man ditched the squad car a few miles away, stole a second car at gunpoint and was later recaptured in nearby Dania, said Broward sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal."He threw down his guns and said, `Please don't shoot me,' " Leljedal said.

The man had earlier been involved in a domestic disturbance and was picked up by a police ambulance to be transported for psychiatric evaluation at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, said Metro-Dade investigator Arthur Locke.