October 25, 2015

Deputy shot; saved by his bullet proof vest

A Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy was shot Saturday night on Stock Island. The bullet struck his chest, which was protected by his bullet proof vest. He was taken to Lower Keys Hospital. He was released after being treated for minor impact injuries.

Deputy Josh Gordon and other deputies were on the lookout for a vehicle with a robbery suspect inside from the city of Key West. Deputies spotted the car on Stock Island, near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Sunshine Street at about 9:45 p.m. When they attempted to stop the car, the suspect opened fire, striking Deputy Gordon in the chest.

The suspect then fled the scene. Detectives received information he might be hiding on Big Coppitt Key, in the vicinity of Barcelona Drive and DelMar Boulevard. A perimeter was set up in that area and an extensive search took place in that area for several hours. The perimeter was broken down at about 7 a.m. this morning. He was not found and remains at large.

Suspect is 25 year old Timothy Thomas of Key West.
The suspect has been identified as 25 year old Timothy Thomas. He is the reported  suspect in the robbery that took place in the city of Key West on October 5th, at a home near Key West High School. He has an extensive criminal history and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 305-481-8060. Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Tipsters can remain anonymous and, if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

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