Florida Keys

Monroe Sheriff’s Office: Man who shot at deputies charged with attempted murder

Timothy Thomas
Timothy Thomas

A man who detectives say shot at Monroe County deputies over the weekend was charged Monday with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, according to the sheriff's office.

Timothy Thomas, 25, of Key West, was also charged with using a weapon to commit a felony.

On Monday, Thomas, who had two outstanding felony warrants, remained in jail with no bond.

According to the sheriff's office, Deputy Joshua Gordon was on the lookout for a robbery suspect in a Ford Mustang when he and his partner spotted a car that matched the description.

The man, who detectives later identified as Thomas, opened fire on the deputies, hitting Gordon in the chest. His bullet-proof vest likely saved him, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies fired back, but Thomas escaped. After about 24 hours, deputies found Thomas, who had two bullet wounds, in a Key West home.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff