BSO to receive $262,000 in overtime money for airport shooting
County commissioners approve grant to cover about 3,457 overtime hours
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Broward Sheriff's Office will receive $262,000 in overtime money as reimbursement for extra hours its employees worked in the aftermath of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting.
Broward County commissioners Tuesday approved an agreement with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to use a justice assistance grant to cover the expenses.
The money covers 559 BSO employees who worked about 3,457 hours of overtime as a result of the Jan. 6 shooting at the baggage claim area inside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
In the application for funding assistance, the BSO cited "the manpower required" and "unexpected costs that could not be budgeted for."
Authorities said Esteban Santiago flew from Alaska to South Florida with a 9 mm handgun and ammunition in a checked box, got it out in an airport bathroom and emerged, randomly opening fire. Five people were killed and six others were wounded in the shooting.
Funding for the overtime is being provided by the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program. No matching funds are required for the grant.
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