- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

LAUDERHILL, Fla. (AP) - A Broward Sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man who fired shots as they ran down a hallway in a Lauderhill apartment building late Thursday.

According to deputies, 26-year-old Steven Thompson matched the description of a suspect who robbed two women of their purses at gunpoint outside a restaurant in nearby North Lauderdale about an hour earlier.

Deputy Gerald Wengert, a 16-year veteran of the department, was canvasing the area of Cypress Grove apartments and saw a man matching the suspect’s description. The deputy gave some verbal commands which the man ignored, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The man ran into a nearby apartment building and the deputy followed him down a long hallway.

According to the sheriff’s office, that’s when the man turned and started shooting in the direction of the deputy. The deputy fired his weapon and the suspect was shot multiple times.

Lauderhill Fire Rescue took Thompson to Broward Health Medical Center, where he died.

Wengert was not injured.

A second suspect in the armed robbery remains at large.

Sheriff’s officials said Thompson’s arrest history dates to 2003, when he was 16. He had been arrested on felony charges 29 times and convicted 11 times. His prior offenses include burglary, grand theft, fraud and trafficking and possession of narcotics.

Wengert has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation.

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