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Deputies 'Fight for Their Lives' During Traffic Stop

Deputies 'Fight for Their Lives' During Traffic Stop

The girlfriend of the victim shot by a deputy after a confrontation stands by her car, near where the shooting occurred.

The Palm Beach Post via YellowBrix

April 09, 2010

WEST PALM BEACH — Two deputies who were “fighting for their lives” this morning, wrestled with an impaired motorist and even used stun guns before one of the deputies fatally shot the man, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said.

The man’s name has not been released.

Bradshaw said two deputies on patrol this morning spotted a blue Ford Explorer apparently broken down on westbound Summit Boulevard at the intersection of Jog Road about 6:30 a.m.

Seeing that the man was impaired — investigators still aren’t sure by what — the deputies decided to call his girlfriend to come and get him rather than arrest him.

However, when the man learned his car was going to be towed, he became enraged and “an extremely violent struggle ensued,” according to Bradshaw.

He said the man and the two deputies then fell to the ground, and the man was struck twice with stun guns, but with little effect.

With the deputies “out of gas” and fearing the man would get one of their guns, one of the deputies fired at least two shots, Bradshaw said.

Jorge Perezz, who lives about 100 yards south of the intersection, said he was just waking up when he heard five quick shots, then screaming.

The presence of several yellow crime scene markers on the ground next to the girlfriend’s red Toyota, about 30 feet from the dead motorist’s Explorer, suggests both that the scuffle occurred there and that more than two shots were fired.

However, officers on the scene are still investigating.

The motorist was taken to Delray Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The two deputies suffered minor injuries in the scuffle, Bradshaw said.

The dead motorist had a 2006 arrest for an earlier assault on a law-enforcement officer, as well as previous DUI charges, Bradshaw said.

Westbound traffic on Summit is still being blocked at Pine Jog Road, just east of Jog Road.

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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    This was a justified outcome.

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    samurai30047

    over 4 years ago

    232 Comments

    As bad as the incident was, when I read that a perp had priors for exactly the same thing, I automatically dismiss that whole situation as job well done.

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    1GUNSLINGER

    over 4 years ago

    268 Comments

    I think the man was an idiot, and whatever he was on just exacerbated that. One less.

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    95Zcar

    over 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    bfriskey and skascooter007 nail it

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    skascooter007

    over 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    Good work officers, bad situation.

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    bluebrother

    over 4 years ago

    774 Comments

    He should have been more thankful for their offer of assistance. Instead this psycho went off on them and received what he wanted. That is the difference in being in law enforcement and being an 8 til 5 office fixture. A law enforcement officer never knows what is in store during their duty day or night. Glad no officers were hurt or killed.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Cops try to help a guy out and he gets so pissed off about a tow charge, he attacks officers. Good reaction by officers involved. People gettin' too pissed off over the little stuff these days.

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    bklyn

    over 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    the officers went out of the way to help this guy ; called his girlfriend to get him. he had previous convictions for assault and dui.
    i'm sure the blood tests will show what he was 'on' when he decided to start the melee.

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    RescueNanny

    over 4 years ago

    2646 Comments

    Sounds like alcohol given his history and probably some drugs too. I'm glad the officers got to go home.

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    bfriskey

    over 4 years ago

    980 Comments

    Blue goes home, that's the play....

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    CAZ

    over 4 years ago

    1428 Comments

    The Subject got mad because his vehicle was being towed! On top of all that he was not even going to jail he was being picked up by his girlfriend. This Subject did not just have issues he had the whole subscription. Officers go home and that is that.

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    cvarain

    over 4 years ago

    220 Comments

    SOUNDS LIKE HE HAD SOME ANGER ISSUES

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    rsironron

    over 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Glad the officers are okay.

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    maverick823

    over 4 years ago

    766 Comments

    Proof positive that a scene can go from ok to crap quick but at the end of the day, what really matters is the officers are going home to their families.
    Be safe!

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    Moneysmiley

    over 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    Well, guys it looks as though you get to sit on your porch, sip lemonade, and watch the children play in the yard. Glad yall are alright! God Bless!

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