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SECOND SUSPECT ARRESTED IN ROBBERY THAT LED TO DEPUTY-INVOLVED SHOOTING

BSO Case Number: 90-1406-00854
PIO Number: 14-6-10A
Date: June 5, 2014
Time: 10:56 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: 4200 NW 19 St., Lauderhill
Jurisdiction: Lauderhill

Victim(s):

  • Deputy Gerald Wengert, 16-year veteran with BSO

Suspect(s):

  • Steven Thompson, 26, male, 6/13/87, 4899 NW 26 St., #447, Lauderdale Lakes (DECEASED)

  • Inisha Christopher, 24, male, 10/30/89, 7900 Colony Cir., #317 Tamarac (IN CUSTODY)

Description of Incident:

The second suspect involved in Thursday’s armed robbery that ended with a deputy-involved shooting in Lauderhill was arrested Saturday without incident. Some of the victims’ property was also recovered.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Robbery detectives investigating the case found the second suspect, Inisha Christopher, 24, thanks to good old-fashioned police work. After learning the identity of the suspect that opened fire on BSO Deputy Gerald Wengert in Lauderhill, investigators began searching through Steven Thompson’s criminal history to see if any of his known associates matched the description of the second suspect. Detectives presented a photo line-up with Christopher’s mug shot to the victims and they identified him as the accomplice. Detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest and took him into custody Saturday (6/7/14) morning.

The two victims were robbed of their purses around 10 p.m. on June 5, near the 5400 block of State Road 7 in North Lauderdale. The suspects fled. Around 11 p.m., the investigation led a K-9 deputy to canvass the area of the Cypress Grove apartments at 4200 NW 19 St. in Lauderhill, where he spotted a man fitting one of the suspect’s description. That suspect ignored verbal commands given by the deputy and instead led him on a foot chase through an apartment building where he fired upon the deputy. In the exchange of gunfire, Thompson was struck multiple times and was later pronounced dead at Broward Health Medical Center.

Amazingly, the deputy was not injured.

As dawn broke following the late-night shooting, residents at the apartment complex turned in items, such as IDs and credit cards they found strewn on the property. The items belonged to the robbery victims.

Christopher was booked into the BSO Main Jail facing two counts of robbery with a firearm.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. Tutler, CID Homicide; North Lauderdale; Crime Scene; Lauderhill PD; Lauderhill Fire Rescue
THIS REPORT BY: Keyla Concepción/PIO 6/9/14 1530

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