Illegal Weapons Deal in Pompano Beach Turns Deadly
Undercover police officers put their lives on the line to catch crimes in the act. Law enforcement use police officers to pose as buyers for drugs, weapons, and several other illegal activities. While these methods are often successful, the possibility of entrapment can be an issue. In Pompano Beach, a gun deal involving an undercover deputy went wrong, resulting in the death of the gun dealer.
Weapons in Pompano Beach
Johnny Wright, 23, of Pompano Beach was under serious investigation from a multi-agency illegal firearms task force operation. This case is an example of how weapons crimes are being watched very carefully by law enforcement throughout South Florida.
The illegal gun deal occurred around 4 p.m. in Pompano Beach behind the San Isidro Catholic Church, according to WPTV News. Wright stepped out of his vehicle to follow through with the illegal gun transaction but then pulled a gun on the undercover deputy posing as the buyer. The deputy and a Coral Springs officer pulled out their weapons and fired several shots at Wright, who was pronounced dead at North Broward Medical Center, according to the article.
“He was definitely armed,” he said. “He pointed a gun at our deputy and there were other guns in his car.”
No other officers or bystanders were hurt, according to the investigative report.
Wright had a criminal history including five arrests in the past three years on charges including trespassing, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana, possession of ecstasy and resisting arrest, according to WPTV News.
In the state of Florida, many weapons charges are subject to mandatory prison sentences of at least three years. A conviction of a weapons charge will follow you for the rest of your life by way of a criminal record. This puts your potential employment, living situation, and other liberties at risk.
The law firm of Andrew D. Stine, P.A. in West Palm Beach represents people arrested on weapons charges including anything from carrying a concealed weapon, to aggravated assault or battery with a deadly weapon, and evenpossession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
With the help of a criminal defense lawyer, you may be able to mitigate your sentence to something less severe. A lawyer like the ones at the law firm ofAndrew D. Stine can help you get your life back together after being arrested on weapons charges.