Broward County Sheriff gets in crash responding to shooting in progress
Broward County Sheriff gets in crash responding to shooting in progress
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony was elected in November 2020 to his first term as sheriff after being appointed to the position in January 2019. (Carline Jean/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Rafael Olmeda

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony got into a minor car accident while rushing to the scene of a shooting in progress a block away from where he just happened to be early Friday afternoon, his agency confirmed Tuesday.

Tony held a news conference Friday about the Deerfield Beach shooting, a road rage incident that escalated into violence, and described how he was a block away when it happened and the first law enforcement officer on the scene, an account that was supported by a witness who was working nearby.

But Tony said nothing about a mishap on the way to the scene. The Sheriff’s Office did not release any details about the crash other than that there were no injuries and that it took place while Tony was on his way to the active shooting incident.

“I was actually somewhat off duty and driving by when I saw about 20-plus people running past my vehicle,” the sheriff said. “It was clear that some kind of altercation was occurring. I got on the radio, called for backup, but I was the first officer on the scene.”

He said he put on his safety vest and grabbed his rifle before heading to the scene in the 200 block of Northeast 21st Ave.

He praised the deputies who helped capture the suspect safely.

The suspect, Antonio Lavance Chestnut, 26, was charged with attempted felony murder and remains in custody at the Broward Main Jail.

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