Crime

As his car was being stolen with his child inside, a father shot into the car. It worked

Lamar Thurman in 2017 as he began a 15-month prison stint for carjacking, robbery and aggravated battery on a senior citizen
Lamar Thurman in 2017 as he began a 15-month prison stint for carjacking, robbery and aggravated battery on a senior citizen Florida Dept. of Corrections

A father in West Palm Beach fired into a Honda with his 6-year-old son inside to stop a persistent felon from stealing his car, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office said. The incident occured Saturday afternoon.

The 6-year-old was unharmed, said PBSO. But the would-be thief, 29-year-old Lamar Thurman, was in critical condition.

Thurman is two and a half months into a three-year post-prison probation after serving 5 months for carjacking without a firearm, aggravated battery on a senior citizen and robbery without a gun. Witnesses told PBSO he jumped into the father’s Honda, which was parked in front of a home in the 3200 block of Roberts Lane, while the father said goodbye to friends.

Friends and father hopped in a car to chase the Honda. Thurman crashed about four miles away, on Loquat Tree Drive in Lantana. The chasing posse got out of its car to rescue the kid.

Suddenly, Thurman worked the car free and took off to the east on Loquat Tree Drive.

The father, PBSO said, “armed with a handgun, shot at (Thurman) in an attempt to stop him from fleeing further with his child in the car. (Thurman) was struck several times and crashed 200 yards down the street.”

PBSO said evidence backed up what witnesses and the father told police, but the incident is still an open investigation.

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Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.

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