Deputies Involved In Deerfield Beach Shooting
South Florida Crime
DEERFIELD BEACH (CBSMiami) – Deputies with the Broward Sheriff’s Office were involved in a shooting Saturday afternoon.
The sheriff’s office reports deputies responded to Century Village in Deerfield Beach where they received reports of a man chasing a woman with a gun through the community.
According to officials, the man, 67-year-old Richard Sanfratello, shot the victim, 64-year-old Linda Sanfratello, who was his ex-wife.
“I was coming out of the laundry room when I heard boom, boom, boom, boom shots. I think there were three. I’m not sure,” said Susan Loring, a neighbor.
Witnesses said the two had recently divorced and still lived in the same community in separate apartments.
Deputies said Sanfratello was armed as he broke into Linda Sanfratello’s apartment through a window. She left through the front door.
“The ex-husband forced himself into the victim’s apartment. She was able to flee and attempted to run to a near-by family member’s apartment,” said Gina Carter with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The family member she ran to, investigators said, was her brother-in-law Daniel Basilone.
The suspect fired several shots at the victim as she fled, said deputies. She sustained multiple wounds to her legs. Sanfratello chased the victim and forced his way inside Basilone’s home. Once inside, deputies said he assaulted Basilone and held his ex-wife against her will.
Three BSO deputies responded to the scene and observed the suspect holding the victim at gunpoint. She was able to get free of him, said BSO. The suspect then fired his weapon and deputies returned fire.
“Once we arrived on the scene, the victims once again tried to flee,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Gina Carter. “The suspect once again fired. Our deputies returned fire.”
The suspect was shot, said a BSO spokesperson, and taken into custody.
The victim was also taken to the hospital. Both have non life-threatening injuries.
Century Village is a 55 and older community.
BSO has not released any information about possible charges.