Sunday, August 3, 2008

Teen car-theft suspect killed by deputy

Ruben Charles Debrosse
The Associated Press
August 3, 2008

ROYAL PALM BEACH - Authorities say a Palm Beach County deputy sheriff shot and killed a 17-year-old car-theft suspect who drove toward him at a high speed in a parking lot.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the deputy had spotted the stolen car in Royal Palm Beach before dawn Saturday. He tried to stop the car in a movie theater's parking lot.

But Barbera said that as the deputy got out of his vehicle, the suspect backed up toward him at high speed and ignored requests to stop and surrender. He hit the deputy's patrol car.

The officer feared for his life and then shot the suspect, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. He was identified as Ruben Charles Debrosse of West Palm Beach.

The deputy was not identified.

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