Fort Lauderdale police car crashes while responding to reported bank robbery

Officer taken to hospital in stable condition

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Fort Lauderdale police cruiser was involved in a crash Thursday morning while responding to a reported bank robbery, authorities confirmed. 

Sky 10 was above the area of 4800 N. Federal Highway shortly before 10 a.m. 

The police car had significant front-end damage and a nearby SUV had damage to the driver side.

Fort Lauderdale police Detective Tracy Figone said the officer was involved in a crash around 9:15 a.m. while responding to a robbery at the Tropical Financial Credit Union at 5900 N. Federal Highway. 

The officer was taken to Broward Health Medical Center in stable condition. 

Further details about the crash were not immediately released.

FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock confirmed that the bank robbery occurred just after 9 a.m. 

He said the robber, who was wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses and a bandanna over the lower portion of his face, pulled out a handgun and demanded money from an employee.

Leverock said no shots were fired and no one was injured.

The amount of money taken was not immediately released.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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