Evan Rosenthal identified as PBSO deputy who shot Matthew Pollow in suburban Boca Raton

PBSO says he threatened deputy with screwdriver

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Boca Raton family members are looking for answers two days after their relative was shot and killed by  Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Deputy Evan Rosenthal.
Investigators say 28-year-old Matthew Pollow threatened the deputy with a screwdriver.

Pollow’s sisters described him as a fun-loving guy who loved basketball and his family.

They also say he struggled with mental illness, but that he was on medication.

Relatives say they have no reason to distrust the sheriff’s office but they want some answers. They say Pollow called 911 looking for help the night he died. They question what police say led to his death.

Investigators say when deputies arrived at the Tuscany Pointe apartment complex in the 2300 block of Camino del Mar, they ordered Pollow to remove his hands from his pockets.

That's when deputies say Pollow picked up the screwdriver and charged at the deputy and the deputy opened fire.

His sister Meghan Pollow said, "To be honest, he's not a violent person at all, and I've known him my whole life. I cannot picture him going after the police.”

Pollow's mother witnessed what happened - but wouldn't give specific details of what she saw.


The family is distraught and while they say they don't have any reason to doubt the sheriff's office, they are looking for more answers on just what happened the night Pollow was shot.\


Both the sheriff's office and Boca Raton police say they have had previous encounters with Pollow.

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