BSO identifies suspect shot, killed by deputies

BSO: Andrew Thomas planned to rob Allstate Insurance office in Pembroke Pines


The Broward Sheriff's Office identified the 23-year-old robbery suspect who was shot and killed by deputies Thursday afternoon.

Deputies fatally shot Andrew Thomas, of Miramar, at the Allstate Insurance office, located at 1462 S. Palm Avenue in Pembroke Pines.

An informant told detectives several days before that a robbery would happen there on Thursday, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said.

Undercover deputies waited at the office, and about 3 p.m., Thomas entered wearing a mask, then ignored orders before he was shot, police said. No one else was injured.

Three deputies -- Gerardo Lopez, 40; Carlos Gomez, 32; and, Jason Rotella, 40 -- were placed on administrative assignment following the shooting. Thomas had a lengthy criminal record, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Business owners in the shopping plaza returned Friday and recounted hearing the gunshots.

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