Deputy Brian Tephford Down (Florida)
BSO deputy killed, another wounded in Tamarac
Posted November 12 2006, 4:52 AM EST
One Broward Sheriff's Office deputy was killed and another wounded after shots were fired during a traffic stop at a Tamarac condominium, according to authorities.
BSO deputy Brian Tephford was working special duty at the Versailles Gardens condominium, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright.
Tephford was making a routine traffic stop involving two vehicles around 11 p.m. when he placed a call for backup. Deputy Cory Carbocci arrived minutes later.
Some time after Carbocci arrived shots were fired, Coleman-Wright said.
Tephford, who was not wearing a protective vest, was hit twice, while Carbocci, who did have a protective vest, was shot four times, according to police.
The shooting took place in the 8000 block of West Colony Circle.
It is believed the deputies were taken by surprise, and did not have time to draw their weapons, police said.
"It was a routine traffic stop, but what was not routine about this was the violence that ensued," said Sheriff Ken Jenne.
Both officers were rushed to Broward General Medical Center.
Tephford, 34, a six-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff's Office, was pronounced dead at 12:01 a.m., according to Coleman-Wright.
Tephford leaves behind a set of young twins and a four-year-old daughter.
After hearing news of Tephford's death, Sheriff Jenne informed the family personally, Coleman-Wright added.
Carbocci, who has been with the Broward Sheriff's Office for three years, is in stable but guarded condition, and is expected to recover.
Police recovered one of the vehicles believed to be involved in Sunrise. They are currently questioning witnesses who were in the vehicle, Coleman-Wright said.
The other vehicle has not been found, but police are searching for it.
"I don't think there's any agency in Broward County that isn't involved in this manhunt," Jenne said.
RIP :( I hope they catch the person(s) responsible soon and they get what's coming to them.