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Steven Thompson, 26
Lauderhill, Florida
June 06, 2014

Agencies: Broward County Sheriff's Office Florida

Last updated: about 2 months ago

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Authorities said two suspects had stolen women's purses outside GG's Restaurant on State Road 7 in North Lauderdale. Deputies tracked one suspect down to the Cypress Grove Apartments at 4200 Northwest 19th Street in Lauderhill where the shooting occurred, the BSO said.

The suspect, 26-year-old Steven Thompson ran through a building and pulled a gun on a deputy and opened fire, authorities said. The deputy, 16-year veteran Gerald Wengert, fired back.

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On January 31, 2018, the Florida sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting Thompson lost a pretrial bid to terminate the lawsuit against him. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke denied the defense’s motion for summary judgment, allowing the wrongful death claim against Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Gerald Wengert to move forward in the federal court in Fort Lauderdale.