Broward Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man suspected of committing a bank robbery in Port St. Lucie, FL.
The fatal shooting occurred around 9 a.m. in Pompano Beach, Florida. Deputies were alerted by the FBI to the presence of a potential bank robbery suspect in the area of Sample Road and Northeast 13th Terrace in Pompano Beach, FL.
The bank robbery took place at the Wells Fargo bank located at 10330 S.W. Village Center Drive in Port St. Lucie. The 40-year-old suspect allegedly entered the bank, demanded cash from bank tellers, and then fled the scene.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office investigated the bank robbery, with detectives obtaining surveillance video footage that reportedly showed the suspect committing the theft. Detectives matched surveillance photos from the robbery to the suspect’s driver’s license. Additionally, witnesses identified the suspect as the bank robber.
The FBI and the Port Saint Lucie Police Department later contacted the Broward Sheriff’s Office with information about the suspect’s whereabouts. Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Violent Intervention Proactive Enforcement Response (VIPER) team then acted on the information and went to a residence in Pompano Beach.
Police reportedly spotted a white Lexus vehicle in the yard of the home. A quick vehicle check confirmed that it was the suspect’s car.
The VIPER team then tracked down the suspect in a nearby parking lot.
When police attempted to take the suspect into custody, a struggle reportedly ensued. At some point, the suspect allegedly freed himself from the deputies and grabbed a firearm from his car. The deputies saw the handgun and immediately fired shots at the suspect, who was killed in the shooting.
A female passenger in the car at the time was unharmed during the shooting. Police do not believe that she had anything to do with the bank robbery.
The FBI is still investigating the robbery and looking into the possibility that the suspect might have been involved in other bank robberies in Florida.
For additional information about this case, read the WSVN.com article entitled “1 Dead After Deputy-Involved Shooting in Pompano Beach.”