POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - A sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot Wednesday as he transported a convicted robber from jail to court, and authorities were investigating whether the attack was an ambush.
The suspect, Michael Mazza, left the deputy in a parking lot and then escaped in the department medical transport van with the deputy’s weapon, sheriff’s spokesman Elliot Cohen said. The Broward County deputy, 76-year-old Paul Rein, died at a hospital a short time later, Sheriff Al Lamberti said.
Mazza, 40, was alone in the van with the deputy as he was being taken to court in restraints for trial on charges of bank robbery and eluding police. Lamberti said Mazza, who was in handcuffs, may have had accomplices who ambushed Rein as they drove to the courthouse.
He already was serving two life sentences for armed robbery, Cohen said.
“This is a man who has nothing to lose,” Cohen said. He
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