Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Looter
Broward County, FL – Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel posted a message for looters after one of his deputies was forced to shoot a looter (video below.)
In a South Florida looting, one suspect was shot and a second suspect was arrested, according to NBC Miami.
The burglary occurred about 3 AM Sunday morning, September 10, at a residence in the 2500 block of Monterey Court in Broward County.
Police said that officers responded to the residence after the owners called and told them that home surveillance video showed burglars inside the home. The owners were not home and had apparently evacuated.
One suspect, Dylan Lemon, age 17, was shot outside of the home by a Broward County deputy, and that suspect was transported to Broward Health Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. A second suspect, Jean Coello, age 17, was arrested and taken into custody, according to Local 10.
Both suspects are facing burglary and grand theft charges.
The special weapons and tactical team also responded to the residence to assist. The deputy who shot the first suspect was not injured, and his name was not released. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting the investigation.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office poster to Facebook later that day saying, “Looting during the storm will not be tolerated. Looters will be identified, investigated, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Sheriff Scott Israel left a video message for looters saying, “Looters, your behavior is illegal, it’s felonious, and it won’t be tolerated.”
“It’s unscrupulous and deplorable to loot at a time when we’re battling one of the major storms of the century.”
The sheriff vowed to use all available resources to hunt down any looters.
You can see the video message below: