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Deputies identify teen accused of shooting at US Customs and Border Protection employee

Joseph Peters, 17, faces felony charges after shootout in Cooper City

COOPER CITY, Fla. – A 17-year-old boy was arrested Thursday after he broke into a car and shot at a woman who confronted him outside her Cooper City home, Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Joy Oglesby said.

Oglesby identified the teenager as Joseph Peters, who will turn 18 years old Aug. 31.

A woman who works for U.S. Customs and Border Protection told deputies she was leaving her home in the 5000 block of Southwest 89th Way shortly after 5:15 a.m. when she found Peters breaking into her car.

The woman chased after Peters, but he had a gun and shot at her, Oglesby said. She returned fire, but nobody was injured.

Peters faces felony charges of armed burglary and aggravated assault with a firearm. He was being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Peters, who turns 18 next week, appeared in court Friday, where he was joined by his mother.

A judge ordered Peters be held in juvenile detention at least for 21 days.

He is prohibited from returning to the crime scene or possessing a weapon.

It's unclear whether Peters will be tried as an adult. A second hearing has been scheduled for next week. 


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