Deputies Kill Man Who Shot Broward County Transit Co-Worker to Death

Broward County dispatched assistance teams Thursday to counsel transit employees shocked by the overnight deaths of two co-workers who were shot and killed at a West Copans Road maintenance center in Pompano Beach.

“This is a tragic loss of life,” Mayor Nan Rich said in a statement. “Our Broward County family grieves the loss of these two transit employees. Let us keep their memories in our thoughts and prayers as we process this terrible loss.”

The county said bus operations will run as scheduled Thursday although there may be “some delays or minor interruptions because of the ongoing investigations at our facility.”

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a shooting near the 3200 block of West Copans Road shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

While enroute, they were advised that a man had been shot and an armed individual was possibly still in the area, according to a BSO statement early Thursday.

Deputies encountered an armed man at the location who fired at them. They returned fire, a spokesperson said, and the suspect was shot and died at the scene. Detectives later learned the suspect had shot and killed his co-worker prior to the encounter, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Both the victim, a 42-year-old man, and the suspect, 59, were employees at Broward County Copans Regional Transit Center, a gated facility with a guardhouse that contains county buses  at 3201 West Copans Road. The facility, located on the north side of the street, abuts Florida’s Turnpike. The individuals’ names are being withheld pending  notification of next of kin.

The three deputies involved were placed on administrative assignment, per standard policy.

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