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Monroe County sheriff's video shows shootout between deputy, suspect

Timothy Thomas accused of attempted murder; bulletproof vest likely saved deputy's life

A shootout between suspect Timothy Thomas and Monroe County sheriff's Deputy Josh Gordon is captured on the deputy's dashboard camera.
A shootout between suspect Timothy Thomas and Monroe County sheriff's Deputy Josh Gordon is captured on the deputy's dashboard camera.

KEY WEST, Fla. – Dashboard camera video released Friday shows the dramatic shootout between a deputy and a suspect last month in the Florida Keys.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said Thomas shot Deputy Josh Gordon on Oct. 25 as the deputy tried to apprehend Thomas, who was wanted for questioning by Key West police on suspicion of armed robbery.

The bullet lodged in Gordon's bulletproof vest, likely saving his life. Gordon was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Thomas fled after the shooting but was found the next day hiding out in a house on Von Phister Street in Key West. He eventually surrendered after a standoff with police.

Herrin said Thomas had two gunshot wounds from his shootout with deputies.

Thomas remains jailed without bond on an attempted murder charge.