POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – One of two Broward Sheriff’s deputies injured during a chase with a burglary suspect remains hospitalized Friday along with the suspect. The second deputy has already been released.
Thursday’s incident began about 9 a.m., when BSO deputies Mike Gardner and George Wesolowski were dispatched to a “burglary in progress” at a home in the 2200 block of Bay Drive in Pompano Beach.READ MORE: Florida’s Surgeon General Asked To Leave Meeting At State Senator’s Office After Refusing To Wear Mask
Deputies encountered Joshua Boyce, 34, outside the house and a struggle ensued, officials said. Boyce was able to get into a black Honda Civic. The deputies opened fire after the car struck one of the deputies, said agency spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright.
Then came the pursuit which went northbound on A1A through Hillsboro Beach.
The pursuit came to a crashing end at the intersection and East Hillsboro Blvd. when Boyce crashed into a pole.
The two deputies and Boyce were all hospitalized but one deputy has already been released.
Cell phone video was taken of the aftermath.
In the video, a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy can be seen throwing something believed to be bricks at Joshua Boyce.
“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.”READ MORE: Finding This Year’s Most Popular Toys May Be Challenging Because Of Supply Chain Issues
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 original burglary victim was shocked as it all went down in front of her.
“He jumped into his car and 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.
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.”
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CBS4 reporters Joan Murray, Peter D’Oench and Ted Scouten contributed to this report.