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UPDATE: Deputies killed suspect, 19, after deputy hit & thrown on car windshield

The incident started as a traffic stop involving a stolen vehicle in the LaBelle area Friday night.
Hendry County
Posted at 10:53 PM, Mar 15, 2024

UPDATE MONDAY, MARCH 18 5:00PM:

The Hendry County Sheriff's Office now says the man killed in a deputy-involved shooting Friday night was 19 year old Brad Gene Bogard.

Deputies said the car's license plate came back stolen, but as deputies approached Bogard Friday night, they say he rapidly accelerated violently striking one of the deputies with his vehicle.

Deputies say the deputy was flung onto the hood of the vehicle and into the windshield. They say Bogard continued to drive, and the deputy was thrown from the hood.

The Sheriff's Office says deputies pursued Bogard for a short distance which resulted in gunfire incapacitating the driver.

Bogard was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

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ORIGINAL REPORTING: FRIDAY MARCH 15

A traffic stop in the LaBelle area turned into an officer-involved shooting Friday night.

Around 8 o'clock, three Hendry County deputies stopped a suspected stolen vehicle in the 400 block of West Hickpochee Avenue.

In a statement emailed after 10:30pm Friday to the Fox 4 newsroom, The Hendry County Sheriff's Office says the driver pointed the vehicle at one of the deputies, "striking him and tossing him into the vehicle's windshield. It was at this time officers on center shot at the suspect driver in an effort to disable it."

The sheriff's office says the driver received medical aide was immediately transported for additional treatment.

All three deputies have been placed on paid Administrative Leave, pending the outcome of a separate investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

No word on the driver's identity, or the conditions of the driver or deputy who was hit.