FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — As the saying goes, once a cop, always a cop. Even if you are the top cop.
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said he was driving on Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale on Monday when he noticed a young man running down the street at top speed carrying a shopping bag.
Then he noticed a 7-Eleven clerk running after the man — and decided to take matters into his own hands.
In an interview with WPLG-TV that the station plans to air Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on channel 10, Tony said he told his security staff to pull his car over, then got out and gave chase.
“Fortunately, I train hard every day. I still maintain conditioning and I was able to track the young man down and take him into custody,” the sheriff said in the interview.
After putting the man in handcuffs, “I could see it registering, Hey Ive seen this guy before,” Tony said.
The two joked a bit, and the sheriff told the suspect, “You just made part of history. Im probably the first sheriff to be involved in a foot pursuit in probably decades.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters believe a fire that erupted in a Fort Lauderdale home is suspicious in nature.
Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue crews responded to a single-story duplex located in the area of Northwest Ninth Court and Ninth Avenue just before 6 a.m., Tuesday.
Officials said items inside were completely burned beyond recognition as the fire may have been burning for a period of time before firefighters were made aware.
“There’s evidence that we revealed that there may have possibly been squatters living inside the structure,” BSFR spokesperson Michael Kane said. “The fire is suspicious at this time. Fortunately, nobody was injured.”
No injuries were reported as rescue crews deemed the house unoccupied when the flames erupted inside.