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2 dead at Manatee Bay apartments in Boynton Beach, police ID suspect

Officers fatally shoot suspect
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Posted at 7:51 AM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 00:12:49-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — UPDATE: The officers involved in the shooting are identified as Capt. Richard McNevin, Sgt. Charles Turco, Officer Alex Moreno, Officer Gregory Albanese and Officer Harold Hall.

The officers remain on routine paid administrative leave, which is standard following an officer-involved shooting.

EARLIER STORY:

The Boynton Beach Police Department said two people are dead Wednesday morning at the Manatee Bay Apartments.

Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said a man and woman, whose relationship has not been released, were having a dispute around 7 a.m. The woman was attempting to leave when the man confronted her in a car and fatally shot her.

RELATED: Photos from the scene

The man was still shooting when officers arrived at the complex, said Slater. The gunman was killed by officers after he didn't comply with their demands to drop his firearm, said Chief Michael Gregory.

Chopper 5 flew over the scene at 7:40 a.m. and spotted multiple police cars, officers and crime tape at the complex, which is located at 1632 N. Federal Hwy.

The Boynton Beach Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting of the woman. Police said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the officer-involved shooting, which is in accordance with department policy. And the Boynton Beach Police Department Internal Affairs Division will conduct an administrative investigation to ensure that all agency policies were followed.

“I got woken up this morning, first with one gunshot … then a barrage of gunshots outside of my door ... apparently this next-door neighbor of mine shot his wife or girlfriend in the car… after that, he stood in front of the door of the car with the gun in his hand. The cops surrounded him," said Dr. Richard Sabates, who lives at the complex.

Slater said the officers involved in the shooting will be placed on routine administrative leave during the investigation, which is department policy.

Police named the suspect Thursday morning. They identified him as 55-year-old Jeffrey Garner of 689 Manatee Bay Drive. A spokesperson said police had no previous interactions with him.

Boynton Beach police say the family of the woman signed a Marsy’s Law exemption form which means her name is exempt from public record.

Police are asking witnesses to come forward if they have information regarding the incident.

Stay with WPTV.com and NewsChannel 5 for more updates as they become available.

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