Sheriff: Armed robbery suspect killed by deputy
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) -- A suspected armed robber has died after a deputy was forced to fire, according to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.
Speaking at the scene Thursday evening, outside an Allstate Insurance office where the shooting occurred, Israel said deputies had already been inside the office, off the 1400 block of South Palm Avenue, after receiving an anonymous tip earlier in the week that someone had intended to rob the office and take lives if necessary. "The suspect had indicated that he would kill people if he would have to," said Israel.
Thursday afternoon, at around 3 p.m., the tip proved accurate when a 23-year-old armed man walked in.
Israel explained the events that ended in the fatal shooting. "Our detectives received the information several days ago from a confidential source who told detectives that a subject was going to commit an armed robbery of the business located at 1462 Palm Ave. Our detectives began an investigation that culminated in them being here today. The subject did in fact enter into the business a little after 3 o'clock p.m. today. The subject did have a ski mask on and was in possession of a handgun. Our deputies issued orders. There was non-compliance, and the subject's deceased."
BSO investigators had cordoned off a section of a parking lot outside the business, as the investigation continued into the evening. A busted glass door of the business where the subject was shot could be seen at the scene. Police have not said whether the suspect got off any shots.
People who know the area said it is a bad place to target. "There's always Pembroke Pines Police officers inside, getting coffee, so this would be a suicidal thing to do coming here," said a neighbor, who heard the gunshots.
Hafida Wilmot runs a martial arts school next door to the insurance office. She wished police would have warned her about what was going to happen. "They could have just given me a warning," she said. "I would have taken the kids somewhere, so they didn't have to see that."
One insurance agent who works inside the office said he cannot figure out why a robber would target the place, as they hardly ever have cash inside.
Three officers involved in this shooting are now on leave, pending the outcome of this investigation. Investigators have not released the name of the suspect, but they did say he has a long criminal record.
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