Broward County

Gunman and Broward deputy trade shots after man wounded at nightclub

Broward Sheriff's deputies at the scene of a shooting in which a Broward deputy was shot at and returned gunfire in Deerfield Beach on Monday, May, 15, 2017.
Broward Sheriff's deputies at the scene of a shooting in which a Broward deputy was shot at and returned gunfire in Deerfield Beach on Monday, May, 15, 2017. Sun Sentinel

A gunman and a Broward County sheriff’s deputy traded shots early Monday in Deerfield Beach after the deputy heard gunshots and raced toward the sound.

The deputy escaped injuries and the gunman and at least one person took off, causing street closures as law enforcement officials launched a massive manhunt.

It all happened at around 3 a.m. Monday near the 4200 block of North Dixie Highway in Deerfield Beach.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the deputy, on patrol, heard shots in the area of Tropicante Nightclub, 4250 N. Dixie Hwy. When the officer arrived, at least one person fired at the deputy, BSO said. The deputy returned fire.

Rocky Pricles, the manager of the Tropicante Nightclub, told Miami Herald news partner CBS4, that he heard the gunshots ring out.

“It was just rapid fire,” he told the station. “And pretty much the truck drove this way. Once the deputy noticed the guy was shooting, he opened up fire.”

A wounded man was found nearby. His condition was not immediately known, according to BSO.

BSO set up a perimeter to search for the gunmen, shutting down streets near the 4200 block of North Dixie Highway for hours to no avail.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

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