A serial bank robber was shot and killed by deputies after they forced him to stop his getaway car along Interstate 95 in Broward County Friday morning, authorities said. The Broward Sheriff's Office later identified the suspect as Michael Webb, 56, of Deerfield Beach. One of his neighbors, Jack Errante, told NBC 6 South Florida that he occasionally waved at the man, but called him a "hermit."
A serial bank robber was shot and killed by deputies after they forced him to stop his getaway car along Interstate 95 in Broward County Friday morning, authorities said.
The incident happened on the northbound side of the highway near the Sample Road exit.
The Broward Sheriff's Office later identified the suspect as Michael Webb, 56, of Deerfield Beach.
He entered the Chase Bank at 2285 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach wearing a ski mask at 11:21 a.m.
The bank had recently put in glass at the teller windows, so the suspect wasn't able to jump over the counter, so he fled without money, the sheriff's office said.
A description of his blue Dodge Ram pickup truck and the license plate was dispatched to deputies who spotted it on Atlantic Blvd. They tried to stop his car, but he refused to pull over. Just north of the Copans Road on-ramp, Deputy German Bickbau performed a maneuver, which sent the pickup truck onto grass east of the highway, authorities said.
"The Pit Maneuver is an easy way to end things. Usually, what it does is spin the car out and you can do it from either side of the car," said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky.
But Bickbau, 48, was injured when his cruiser hit a light pole. He was transported to Broward Health Medical Center for back and abdominal pain and was expected to recover.
Other deputies approached the suspect after it rolled, and two deputies fired their guns, fatally striking him, authorities said.
"Both deputies fired because he was pointing the gun at the bank and again as they stopped him, he had the gun with him," Sheriff Al Lamberti said.
No one answered the door at Webb's house in Deerfield Beach Friday night.
“Whenever I see him, I just give him a hand wave and he always waves back, but for the most part he’s just a hermit and keeps to himself,” said one of his neighbors, Jack Errante.
Webb had been wanted for years, Lamberti said. The FBI said said he has an extensive criminal history and is suspected of six recent bank robberies in at two Broward County banks: the same Chase bank he tried to rob on Friday and Bank Atlantic at 1299 S. Military Trail.
At the time of the incident, aerial footage showed more than a dozen emergency responders and several BSO cruisers, one of which was damaged and stopped by a wall on a field east of the highway. A badly damaged pickup truck was also near the scene.
The northbound lanes of I-95 were closed and traffic was backed up as authorities continued to investigate the incident. One lane of the highway was later opened up but delays were still heavy in the area and authorities were advising motorists to avoid the area.