Deputy shoots wo­man, kills self

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Sa­casa Staff writer asacasa@sun­sen­tinel.com, 561-243-6607, Twit­ter @adamsacasa or In­sta­gram @adamsacasa

The shoot­ing took place in a res­i­dence at the gated In­let Har­bor Club in Boyn­ton Beach, po­lice said. Neigh­bors say they heard three shots, a pause, then a fi­nal shot.

A Palm Beach Sher­iff’s deputy died af­ter shoot­ing a wo­man in an at­tempted mur­der-sui­cide in Boyn­ton Beach, po­lice said Thurs­day.

The shoot­ing was re­ported just af­ter 8 a.m. in­side the gated In­let Har­bor Club in the 2000 block of North Fed­eral High­way, north of Gate­way Boule­vard, Boyn­ton Beach po­lice said.

Ar­riv­ing of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered the shoot­ing was an at­tempted mur­der-sui­cide in which a man shot a wo­man, then turned the gun on him­self, said po­lice spokes­woman Stephanie Slater.

Slater later con­firmed that the man who shot and killed him­self was a sher­iff’s deputy. His name has not been re­leased as in­ves­ti­ga­tors work to no­tify his fam­ily.

Paramedics took the wo­man to Del­ray Med­i­cal Cen­ter in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. Po­lice have not said what the re­la­tion­ship is between the deputy and the wo­man he shot.

Michael Dan­ciu, 44, lives in The Har­bors, a gated com­mu­nity just south of the In­let Har­bor Club. He was at his desk at home, work­ing on his com­puter just af­ter 8 a.m. when he heard sev­eral pops. He didn’t think they could be gun­shots.

“My neigh­bor, a mo­ment later, texted me. He said, ‘Did you hear that?’ I said, ‘It sounded like fire­crack­ers,’ and he said, ‘Those weren’t fire­crack­ers.’ ”

Dan­ciu later talked with two neigh­bors who told him they heard a “pop, pop, pop,” a pause, then a fi­nal pop.

Mo­ments later a bar­rage of sirens filled the air. He thought some­thing might have hap­pened at the In­tra­coastal Park just south of him, but he looked out a win­dow to see am­bu­lances, fire trucks and other emer­gency ve­hi­cles go­ing north down Fed­eral High­way.

As the day went on, Dan­ciu heard ru­mors about a deputy shoot­ing a wo­man and then killing him­self. Boyn­ton Beach Po­lice later con­firmed those ru­mors, leav­ing Dan­ciu stunned.

“It’s sad and sort of sur­pris­ing to hear that so close to home,” he said. “This is our walk ev­ery morn­ing, we walk to Hy­poluxo and back with a dog and a baby so that was a lit­tle dis­con­cert­ing.”

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