NFL game bet lead to shooting, high-speed chase

Booker T. Roberts, known as B.T., charged with attempted murder


Booker T. Roberts and Alphonso Palmer were betting $100 on an NFL game back in October. Roberts, better known as B.T., bet on the Dallas Cowboys and Palmer bet on the New England Patriots.  

The Cowboys lost 6-30. Roberts paid, but he had a grudge. In December, the two met at a Kwik Stop Food Store, 1401 NW 31st Ave., in Lauderhill. The two walked out to the parking lot after an argument and Roberts, 35, pulled out a handgun. He shot at Palmer twice. 

Roberts missed the first shot. The second hit Palmer. The bullet hit his stomach and exited out his right side, records show. Lauderhill Fire Rescue took him to Broward Medical Health Center. Detectives have surveillance video. 

Police were looking for Roberts and spotted his 2010 Nissan Jan. 29. There was a chase involving police dogs and a helicopter. Fort Lauderdale police officers eventually caught him near Northwest 18th Street and 27th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

His criminal history includes convictions for burglary and grand theft in 1997 and two years later he was arrested for resisting arrest with violence. He also has charges for possession of cocaine and marijuana. 

Roberts has two cases pending at the Broward County court. He was charged with attempted murder and fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers at a high rate of speed. 

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