KEY WEST (CBSMiami) – A man who reportedly shot a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy while fleeing a robbery has been taken into custody.READ MORE: FBI: Body Found Near Search Area For Missing Florida Woman Gabby Petito Consistent With Her Description
Saturday night Deputy Josh Gordon and other deputies were on the lookout for a man suspected in a robbery. When they tried to pull his car over, the sheriff’s office said the the driver, 25-year old Timothy Thomas, opened fire, striking Gordon in the chest.
Gordon’s bullet proof vest stopped the bullet and saved his life.
“We were not going to let this guy remain at large where he was a threat to law enforcement and to the community,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “Our officers, with the assistance of many other agencies, worked tirelessly chasing down leads until we got him.”READ MORE: Massive Search Underway For Brian Laundrie, Fiancé Of Missing Florida Woman Gabby Petito
On Sunday, the sheriff’s office received word that Thomas was at hiding out at a residence on Von Phister Street in Key West.
Sheriff’s Office and Key West Police set up a perimeter around the house and negotiators were able to convince Thomas to give himself up. He came out of the house with his hands up and was taken into custody just after 6 p.m.
He had two gunshot wounds sustained when he exchanged fire with Sheriff’s deputies the night before.MORE NEWS: MDPD Seeking Driver Who Hit, Killed Man Riding Mini Scooter In Florida City
Thomas was treated for his injuries and now faces a host of charges.