PEMBROKE PINES (CBS4) – Broward Sheriff’s deputies shot a man Thursday who allegedly planned to pull off an armed robbery in Pembroke Pines.
According to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, detectives received a tip earlier this week from a confidential informant that a 23-year-old Miramar man had plans to pull off an armed robbery.
When the man arrived at an Allstate Insurance Office on Palm Avenue near Pembroke Road Thursday, he didn’t find insurance company employees. Instead, deputies were waiting for him.
“A subject entered into that business donned with a ski mask and a handgun, ” Israel told reporters. “Detectives inside issued a series of orders. The subject went down a path of non-compliance and is deceased.”
Israel would not elaborate on whether the man fired on deputies.
Isarel said that because they had the information ahead of time, all employees were cleared out and nearby businesses had been evacuated.
“There were no civilians in danger at any time,” Israel said.
Israel said it was a comment relayed from a confidential informant that really got deputies attention.
“The suspect had indicated that he would kill people that were in the business if he had to,” Israel said.
People who live nearby believe deputies acted appropriately.
“They have to do what they have to,” said Phillip Johns. “I think at this point they did the right thing.”
There are many unanswered questions; who the suspect is, why he apparently targeted an insurance office, and what happened inside the business to prompt the deadly shots to be fired.
BSO homicide detectives are investigating the shooting and three deputies have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
The name of the suspect has not been released but authorities said he is a 23-year-old man from Miramar with a lengthy criminal history.