PBSO deputies shoot crime spree suspect

Posted at 5:21 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 17:21:26-05

UPDATE: The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said the following deputies were involved in the shooting 

D/S Garrett Bechtel, employed since 11/2008
D/S James Barca, employed since 1/2005
D/S Robert Zajicek III, employed since 11/2012
D/S Adnan Raja, employed since 4/2014
D/S Autumn Krick,  employed since 8/2015

All five deputies have been placed on administrative leave, with pay, which is standard department protocol, the sheriff's office said.


The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting near Palm Beach State College.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says deputies engaged 48-year-old James Goad in a car chase lasting several miles.

The incident ended at the Atlantis Shopping Plaza on the corner of 6th Avenue South and Congress Avenue.

Bradshaw says prior to the chase Goad had committed an armed carjacking.

At the plaza the Sheriff says a security guard saw Goad with what appeared to be a gun, he adds that the man also threatened to shoot deputies.

From the air, PBSO chopper says they saw Goad with a firearm. When Goad ran towards deputies, Bradshaw says deputies shot at him.

Sheriff Bradshaw says deputies recovered a hunting knife from Goad.

A PBSO spokeswoman confirms Goad robbed a Lake Worth bank. On Friday, he handed the teller a note demanding money from the register. After receiving it, Goad fled on foot. Since the incident, Sheriff Bradshaw says Goad went on a crime spree across Palm Beach County.

On Friday, deputies say Goad robbed the Little Caesar's on Forest Hill Boulevard. Employees say Goad pointed a gun at an employee at the register and demanded cash.

That same day, deputies say Goad also robbed the KWIC PIC Mart on ALT A1A. The owner says Goad got away with his wallet and less than $20.

The victims of both those crimes describe feeling relief knowing Goad is off the streets.

Bradshaw says Goad has a long rap sheet including murder; he was arrested 31 times for burglary, 7 times for kidnapping, 9 times for grand theft, 7 times for vehicle theft and 9 times for resisting an officer.

Florida Department of Corrections records show Goad has been in and out of prison since 1989. He served 18 years for first degree murder out of Miami Dade County.

Goad is at Delray Medical Center and in critical condition. The investigation continues; no deputies were hurt.