Gunman charged after shooting at PBSO Deputies in Belle Glade on Saturday evening

Deputies defend themselves against gunman

BELLE GLADE, Fla. - Update:

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputies have identified the man involved in the deputy-involved shooting in Belle Glade on Saturday evening as Lance Joseph, 25, of Belle Glade. He is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon, said Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Joseph is currently at Delray Medical Center in stable condition, Barbera said.

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One person was airlifted by Trauma Hawk to Delray Medical Center after sustaining traumatic injuries in a deputy-involved shooting in Belle Glade, said Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue officials.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputies were patrolling in the 600 block of Southwest Avenue around 5:53 p.m. when they spotted a grey Toyota that was reported in an earlier assault by a security guard at Palm Glades Apartments. The security guard told authorities that the suspect confronted him and flashed a gun Saturday afternoon, said the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

The grey Toyota pulled into a driveway of a home, when deputies spotted it as they passed by. As deputies were turning around, Joseph got out of his vehicle and began to fire at deputies, Barbera said. Both deputies returned fire.

Shortly after, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to reports of a shooting in the 600 block of Southwest 7th Street just before 6:00 p.m., said Borroto.

The suspect then got back into the vehicle and drove a short distance away before crashing into an apartment building, Barbera said. Joseph then fled on foot and entered a nearby residence. People inside of the residence alerted deputies, and the gunman was taken into custody, said the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

The deputies were not injured and have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard department protocol, said Barbera.

There have been two shootings in just three months at the Palm Glades Apartments, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputies say.

Bradshaw says patrols have been up in the area because of recent increased violence. Now, Bradshaw says they will step efforts up even more. "We're not going to tolerate this."

 

Meghan McRoberts contributed to this report.
 

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