Deputies: Man shot trying to steal car with 6-year-old inside

Boy's father fires at man attempting to steal car

Lamar Thurman booking photo from previous arrest.

LANTANA, Fla. – Sheriff's investigators say a South Florida father chased down and shot a man who stole his car with his 6-year-old son inside.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials say 29-year-old Lamar Thurman remains in critical condition following the shooting early Saturday.

News outlets report the father left his 2012 Honda running while saying goodbye to friends around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. That's when Thurman jumped in and took off.

The father and his friends called 911 and took off after the vehicle. Sheriff's officials say they followed Thurman for five miles, where he crashed the car. As they went to grab the boy from the car, Thurman drove way. The father pulled out a gun and started shooting.

Thurman crashed the stolen car about 200 yards away and was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

The boy wasn't hurt.

Deputies said evidence from the scene and witness statements are consistent with the father's account of what happened.

Thurman is on probation for carjacking an 86-year-old woman in 2016.