By Ben Keller
A Florida deputy shot a woman with his service-issued handgun before turning it on himself Thursday morning.
The Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy killed himself in the attempted murder-suicide, but the victim survived.
However, both the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Boynton Beach Police Department, the agency investigating the shooting, have not released the deputy’s name or the name of the victim.
But local journalist Jose Lambiet spoke to a source that confirmed it was his wife.
Now Lambiet, who runs Gossip Extra, is criticizing the agency’s for protecting their own – especially during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The tragic shooting occurred at 8 a.m. this morning. The unfortunate woman is in critical condition at the Delray Medical Center and the deputy’s dead.
And by noon, both BBPD and PBSO are refusing to release information despite the fact that the deputy’s family has been notified of the violence.
Cops even covered the deputy’s car in the parking lot of his condo at the Inlet Harbor Club so that no reporter could see his license plate.
I don’t remember Boynton’s boys in blue showing that kind of respect for a civilian.
Why the cloak-and-dagger stuff?
Very simple. The perpetrator is a deputy. Had he been a local nobody, we’d be interviewing family members by now.
In the end, chances are this deputy could have a history of domestic violence and an employment file that’ll show he shouldn’t be in law enforcement.
John Ross, a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy, was fired in 2014 for domestic violence, only to be rehired and win an Officer of the Year award.
In fact, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office fired a deputy named John Ross with a long history of use of force complaints in 2014, only for him to be rehired a year later, quickly winning an “Officer of the Year” award after killing a man.
The domestic violence problem within the sheriff’s office is not limited to male deputies as earlier this year, a female deputy named Catherine Lara was arrested for strangling her live-in girlfriend.
Less than a month before that incident, another deputy named James Lamar Williams was arrested for domestic battery.
The woman from today’s incident remains in critical condition suffering from gunshot wounds, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Boynton Beach police was dispatched to the Inlet Harbor Club Condos, a gated community, at around 8:06 a.m.
Police say they are waiting to notify next of kin before releasing the name of the deputy.
However, Lambiet, who is well-connected with his sources in Palm Beach County, claims the deputy’s family has been notified of his crime.
PINAC will update the story if and when the deputy’s name is released.
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