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.