FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – A smoking car and a suspect dropping what appears to be a gun—that was just moments after a chase that ended between burglary suspect Joshua Boyce and BSO last Thursday in Deerfield Beach.
What stopped the suspect was Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeff Hurt when he parked his cruiser in the middle of A1A—right in Boyce’s path.
“I’m thinking, well maybe if we stay visible enough, he’ll slow down, or he’ll turn off, give up or do something,’” said Deputy Hurt.
Deputy Hurt and the others on the scene had one thing in mind- stopping Boyce from getting to Hillsboro Blvd, an intersection filled with people.
Two other deputies were already injured and, the day before this incident, another police chase ended with the suspect hitting and killing an innocent driver.
“I knew if he got past us and hit that intersection, there would have been a number of people dead,” he said.
In a flash, Deputy Hurt was violently jolted around in his car after Boyce plowed into him, without swerving, without hitting the brakes at 50 miles per hour.
“Before I knew it, he kept his fast rate of speed, he made a straight b-line for me,” said Hurt. “I budged up a little bit, before I knew it, he hit my right rear passenger door spun me around.”
Hurt was stunned as he watched Boyce getting out of his car–he knew what he had set out to do was accomplished.
“I got up, I looked, his car was now stopped which was a relief to me because had he gone through that intersection of Hillsboro and A1A he would have killed some people.”
And that act of bravery was not lost on the people in the community.
“BSO handled it perfectly,” John Galit said on the day of the incident, adding, “they couldn’t have done it any better. They saved lives.”