Robbery suspect gets life sentence for shooting Florida Keys deputy

Posted: 9:22 AM, May 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-30 13:22:14Z

PLANTATION KEY, Fla. (AP) — A robbery suspect who shot a Florida Keys sheriff's deputy in the chest in a videotaped shootout has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Miami Herald  reports  that 27-year-old Timothy Thomas was sentenced Tuesday in Plantation Key for the 2015 of Monroe County Deputy Joshua Gordon who had tried to pull him over for driving a car with stolen tags. Gordon was saved by his body armor.

He didn't know Thomas was wanted for robbery and a probation violation.

Thomas was hit twice in the ensuing gun battle with Gordon and other deputies but drove off. He surrendered the next day in Key West after an hours-long standoff.