2 deputies injured, subject arrested after burglary
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two Broward Sheriff's Office deputies were hospitalized after encountering a burglary suspect Thursday morning who led them on a brief chase along A1A. The subject was taken into custody.
BSO said, around 9 a.m., Mia Nistico caught the burglar in the act at her home located at 2201 Bay Drive and called 911. "I saw the back end of a foot," Nistico said. "I called the 911. I said, 'There's someone in here. There's somebody in the house right now.'"
"When the deputies arrived at that location, they encountered one suspect," said BSO Spokesperson Veda Coleman-Wright. "The suspect at that point tried to flee."
When faced with the deputy, the suspect, later identified as 34-year-old Joshua Boyce, began to show signs of giving up. "He starts backing up, and as he's backing up, he's navigating over to his car," Nistico said.
Another neighbor witnessed the encounter. "The one on the right was yelling, 'Get out of the car! Get out of the car!'' Michael Jaros said, as he recounted the incident. "Within a second, the suspect had started the engine, slammed it in reverse."
The suspect took off in a car and struck a BSO deputy who was on foot. "He hit one of our deputies. That deputy was taken to Broward Health North Hospital. At that point, deputies in Pompano Beach were able to radio to deputies in Deerfield Beach because they saw the suspect heading north," said Veda Coleman-Wright.
The deputy's partner was able to fire a few shots at the Civic. However, the suspect was still able to flee authorities.
A chase ensued down A1A but quickly ended just south of Hillsboro Boulevard after a BSO's Deerfield Beach unit stopped the suspect with his cruiser.
However, the suspect did not give up, officers were forced to draw their guns until they were able to take him into custody. "I saw the gun," said Sebastian Jordan, a witness, "and they were pointing at him, there were like 25 cops."
Another witness heard the commotion as it unfolded. "I just heard a 'Bloom!'" Julie Albrecht said. "Then I heard all cop cars and then I got down. I was too scared."
Within seconds, the suspect was surrounded and forced out of the vehicle, crawling onto A1A.
Both the deputy and the suspect were injured in the collision. Paramedics also transported them to Broward Health North.
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel spoke from the hospital about the deputies' injuries. "I'm not happy about having to see him in the hospital, you know, that's very, very disappointing," Israel said. "It's very stressful for them, they're families and the agency, but based on what I just heard, I'm optimistic that they'll have a full recovery."
Israel went on to say, "One deputy is injured in his rib area. The other is injured in his leg and some other areas, but they seem to be non-life threatening," he said. "We're just praying for their quick recovery."
The suspect is also expected to make a full recovery and will be transported to the Broward County Jail once he does.
Sheriff Israel also spoke about the dangers behind a deputies' job. "Dangerous society. It's tough to deal with. There's not a sheriff or police chief in the nation that wants to see their men or women chase subjects," he said.
"I used to do this job everyday so I know what it entails," he continued. "Everyday I come to work and the firefighters and detention deputies and our road patrol deputies, I'm amazed at what they do, and I hold them at such high regard."
According to the BSO, after the tragic events of the chase and deadly collision from a day earlier, they did not want this chase to continue through the streets of South Florida, so that's why the deputy put his cruiser in front of the suspect's car, stopping him from going any further.
A1A was closed for several hours but it has since reopened.
For the second day in a row, a police chase in South Florida and yellow tape lining a neighborhood. After Thursday's incident, another group of neighbors have found themselves the focal point of another case.
Residents, such as Nistico and her husband Matt Reynolds, are not used to the kind of crime. "You wouldn't think over here, that over here, you would have these problems," Reynolds said.
Down the street, Dennis Katrych has six security cameras installed in his home. He has lived there 30 years and only recently started witnessing changes. "The people come and go," Katrych said. "I mean, the people that live here have gone, passed away, other houses are being rented out. Traffic is different, don't recognize anybody anymore."
After Thursday's incident, the neighborhood streets were filled with authorities, and neighbors hope that it won't become a trend.
Police have told homeowners that the best way to protect themselves, no matter where they live, is to go with security cameras.
Boyce has a history of burglary charges dating back to 2001. "He was just released from prison at the end of May," said Boyce's adopted father. "He was in there for breaking and entering. He's had some minor drug charges in the past."
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