Two off-duty Broward County sheriff deputies were leaving a strip club earlier this month when one of them began firing a gun out the window, nearly striking a pair of Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies who were on duty.
That led to the on-duty deputies pulling over the off-duty deputies in a felony stop, which normally results in jail time and criminal charges if it involves somebody shooting a gun out the window.
But that didn’t happen this time.
Instead, the Palm Beach County deputies made some calls and eventually, the off-duty deputies were released to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, who had shown up on the scene.
Now the matter is being investigated by the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office, but that may only be because several of us began looking into the matter.
The initial tip came anonymously to Florida Cop Watch, who began making inquires, but also informed us about the incident, so we also began making calls.
Teri Barbara, a spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed they were working a case in which a firearm was discharged, but nobody was hit.
She also said two Broward deputies were interviewed, but not arrested. And she confirmed the case was presented to the state attorney’s office for a filing decision
The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office confirmed there is an investigation and promised to release more details in a press release.
This incident occurred on January 5, 2015, at 3:37 a.m. at Haverhill Road and Okeechobee Road in West Palm Beach. One bullet is said to have struck a Walgreens.
Broward County is directly south of Palm Beach County in South Florida.