Palm Beach Deputy Shot By Suspect Expected To Recover

PBSO Deputy Shot Near Boynton

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A Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy is expected to be okay after being shot while serving what was supposed to be a routine search warrant.

A family member let deputies inside the home of 61-year old Thomas Robarge, near Boynton Beach Wednesday.

He was accused of vandalizing cars in the Indian Spring Country Club community.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says that once inside the home, things got dangerous for the deputies.

"Out of a corner, near a bedroom where it was very dark, multiple shots rang out. One of the deputies was struck in the leg and the hand. The other deputies returned fire. The suspect retreated back into the bedroom."

He says it turned into about an hour long standoff before Robarge eventually came out without a fight.

The sheriff said people see the coverage of looters in California, who face no consequences.

"You've got a criminal element there that really believes that nothing's going to happen to them and I'm gonna tell you something right now. They better just knock it off here because we're not going to tolerate all."

Bradshaw says some people have lost respect for law enforcement.

"This is the sentiment in the country caused by a group of people that don't like the police, started this defunding thing so the criminals out here are just taking advantage of it."

The deputy is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery. Robarge faces charges of attempted murder of a police officer.

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