A man shot to death as he attempted to rob a Pembroke Pines insurance agency earlier this week has been identified by police as Andrew Thomas, 23, of Miramar.
Thomas entered an Allstate Insurance Office wearing a ski mask and brandishing a gun, only to be confronted deputies on a stake out, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
Police had received a tip earlier in the week from a confidential informant that Thomas was planning to rob a business at a shopping plaza on the 1400 block of South Palm Avenue in Pembroke Pines around 3 p.m. Thursday.
BSO cleared out several business in the shopping plaza and staked them out, waiting for the would-be robber.
The suspect arrived right on time, a few minutes after 3.
The police officers demanded the man behind the ski mask put down his weapon, which he refused to do, according to a police statement.
“A suspect who intended on robbing a business in Pembroke Pines and harming anyone who got in his way encountered Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies who felt forced to fire their weapons,” the statement reads.
The three deputies responded to Thomas’ defiance with deadly force, firing at him. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The suspect went down the path of non-compliance,” said BSO Sheriff Scott Israel.
No one else was injured.
Thomas had faced charges previously, including robbery with a deadly weapon in December 2011, for which he was sentenced to five years probation.
BSO deputies Gerardo Lopez, 40; Carlos Gomez, 32; and Jason Rotella, 40, all fired their weapons during the take down. They have been placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of an investigation by BSO homicide detectives into the circumstances of the shooting.