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BSO deputy injured in shooting that killed fellow deputy testifies in murder trial

Deputy Corey Carbocci unable to identify gunman in courtroom

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy who was injured in a 2006 shooting that left a fellow deputy dead testified Tuesday against the three men who have been charged with murder.

Deputy Corey Carbocci, who was called to the scene as backup, said he remembers seeing a man firing a gun multiple times in his direction as he ran for cover.

"I felt a sharp pain in my left thigh and also a pain in my left foot," Carbocci said. "There was a male running down the side of Deputy (Brian) Tephford's patrol car toward me, firing at me. I could see the muzzle flashes coming from the gun as he was firing. I could also feel several rounds hit me in the chest."

The deputy's bulletproof vest saved his life, but Tephford died from his injuries.

Carbocci testified that he believed Tephord also ran for cover and that he didn't think Tephford initially knew he had been shot.

"I thought we were both running to move to the back of the patrol car to get cover in the gunfire, and I got to the back of the patrol car. I turned around to face forward to see what was going on," Carbocci said. 

The deputy showed jurors his bloody uniform from the night of the shooting. 

Eloyn Ingraham, 28, Bernard Forbes, 31, and Andre Delancy, 29, are charged with murder for the Nov. 12, 2006, shooting.

Authorities said Tephford, a six-year BSO veteran and father of three, was 34 years old when he was fatally shot during a traffic stop outside the Versailles Gardens apartment complex in Tamarac.

Detectives said Shante Spencer was driving the vehicle that had been pulled over on the night of the shooting.

They said her boyfriend, Ingraham, was riding in the front passenger seat and called the other two defendants to the scene to ambush the deputies after Tephford pulled the car over.

One of the three suspects' defense attorneys asked Carbocci whether he could point out in the courtroom the man who fired at him.

Carbocci said he couldn't.

"You couldn't see a clothing description?" the attorney asked.

"No," Carbocci said.

"You couldn't see a physical description, right?" the attorney asked.

"No," Carbocci said.

"And, in fact, it was happening so fast that you couldn't see if it was a man or woman, isn't that true?" the attorney asked.

"That's true," the deputy said. 

All three defendants face the death penalty if they are convicted.


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