POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – Two Broward Sheriff’s deputies and burglary suspect were hospitalized Thursday morning after a short chase on State Road A1A.
The initial call at 9:10 a.m. that started the chain of events, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, was a breaking and entering call at an address on the 2200 block of Bay Drive in Pompano Beach.
“Our deputies in Pompano Beach were responding to a burglary in progress call. When the deputies arrived at that location, they encountered one suspect,” said sheriff’s spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright.
The man was in a black Honda Civic. When the deputies told him to stop, the man put the car in reverse and hit one of the deputies, according to a witness, who added that a second officer started shooting at the car as it sped away.
“The suspect at that point tried to flee and he actually ran over one of our deputies, he hit one of our deputies, said Coleman-Wright. “That deputy was taken to Broward Health North hospital.
“The injured deputy arrived at Broward Health North just before 9:45 a.m. and according to Sandra King of Pompano Beach Fire had “some type of hip injury,” but the injury is not life threatening.”
The burglary suspect led sheriff’s deputies on a brief chase on A1A where it came to an end at intersection of Hillsboro Blvd. when he crashed. When he got out of the car, he found himself surrounded.
Cell phone video was taken of the aftermath.
In the video, a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies can be seen throwing something believed to be bricks at Joshua Boyce. Investigators said Boyce rammed a deputy, leaving an officer injured, then plowed into a pole.
“They were just tossing them, the cops were over there and they were just tossing them across the street at the car,” witness Josh Morin said. “I think they were just throwing them at the car to aggravate him to get him out.”
Boyce was surrounded by BSO cruisers and deputies with high powered guns trained on him. With nowhere to go, he got out of the car. In the video, it appears he had an injured leg because he was shot earlier by a deputy.
“Once he came out, his leg was broken, it was all bloody and he pretty much just fell on the ground, fell over,” added Morin.
He had to crawl across A1A and make his own way to waiting deputies because they were fearful that he could become violent. He was taken into custody.
The whole high-stakes drama began with a home burglary at a home in Pompano Beach. It’s here where witnesses said Boyce got into a scuffle with cops, ending with a deputy shooting at him.
The burglary victim was shocked as it all went down in front of her.
“He jumped into his car and the then he got into a scuffle with the police. I’m standing right there and the officers fired right in front of me, I was scared to death!” said Mia Nistico, the victim of the burglary.
“Heading north on A1A, like I said, I estimate speeds between 90 to 100 miles per hour,” said witness John Galit.
John Galit was stunned as Boyce and a parade of BSO cruisers passed him by. The first thing he thought of was the tragic ending to another pursuit, Wednesday, pursuit in West Broward. In that pursuit, a woman was killed as the suspect rammed her car with his while going through an intersection. He’s grateful the ending, Thursday, was very different.
“BSO handled it perfectly, they couldn’t have done it any better, they saved lives today in my opinion,” said Galit.
A second deputy was also injured in the incident near the end of the pursuit. He, along with the burglary suspect were also taken to the hospital, according to Pompano Beach Fire Rescue.
Thursday’s incident was the second in two days that involved deputies risking their lives. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said 42% of chases end with innocent by-standers being hurt. He said he doesn’t want to see his deputies in harm’s way. “Dangerous society, you know, 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 have to chase subjects.”
CBS4 reporters Joan Murray, Peter D’Oench and Ted Scouten contributed to this report.