Law office secretary escapes gunfire during fatal Broward deputy-involved shooting

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A bank robbery suspect was killed right outside of the law office of Johnny McCray on Monday in Pompano Beach, and a woman who was working there was still shaken on Tuesday as she described what she witnessed.

Robert Gene Bigney, 63, who was trying to get away from deputies, crashed into a concrete pole, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. It happened just feet away from her window.

“I hear the sirens first and then I hear a loud crash ... I got up to go and open the door and go out and help the person and that is when I saw all the officers asking him to put his hands up.

“I just walked back, got on the floor, and crawled to the conference room ... and ran out the back door.”

Once outside, she said a deputy cleared her from the building, and within minutes she said she heard “like a bomb went off,” and then she said she saw “the car smoking” and heard “the barrage of gunshots.”

Sheriff Gregory Tony said the man they suspected had robbed the TD Bank in Oakland park set his own car on fire before four deputies shot at him and he returned fire. The suspect died. The four deputies were on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

The woman said that she felt fortunate when she saw there were bullet holes in her office. She was able to make it out before those shots were fired.

“I just started crying. What if I hadn’t gotten out? What if I was still sitting at my desk?”

About the Author:

Roy Ramos joined the Local 10 News team in 2018. Roy is a South Florida native who grew up in Florida City. He attended Christopher Columbus High School, Homestead Senior High School and graduated from St. Thomas University.