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    BSO. Another deputy falls.

    God almighty, are they being targeted?

    Prayers go to his family.

    Broward deputy killed in Pompano
    Posted on Fri, Aug. 10, 2007Digg it del.icio.us reprint or license print email
    BY WANDA J. DeMARZO AND JENNIFER LEBOVICH
    wdemarzo@MiamiHerald.com

    BROWARD SHERIFF'S OFFICE
    Deputy Chris Reyka died in the Walgreens parking lot in Pompano Beach early Friday morning. He was shot in the head.
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    A Broward sheriff's deputy was shot to death early Friday behind a Walgreens drugstore in Pompano Beach.

    A manhunt was underway for his killer or killers.

    It is the second time in four days a BSO deputy has been shot in the line of duty.

    The latest shooting occurred about 1:20 a.m. Friday at a 24-hour Walgreens at Cypress Bend Drive and Powerline Road in Pompano Beach.

    Deputy Chris Reyka, 51, had seen two cars parked behind the store and became suspicious. As he was getting out of his patrol car to investigate, he was ambushed and shot, said BSO spokesman Elliot Cohen.

    Customers found him and called 911. He was pronounced dead soon after at North Broward Medical Center.

    ''This has been one of the most difficult, saddest, most challenging weeks this agency has ever had,'' Sheriff Ken Jenne told reporters after meeting at the hospital with the dozens of deputies who worked with Reyka.

    ''You look back at the summer, deputies have been shot. Deputies have been stabbed. We're telling people: Let your emotion out,'' Jenne said. ``The men and women are very brave. There's a lot of macho people feeling very sad.''

    Reyka, of Wellington, had been on the force for 18 years, serving with the Pompano Beach Police Department before BSO took it over in 1999. He has four children -- two at home, ages 13 and 15, a 21-year-old in college and a son serving in the U.S. Marine Corps who is scheduled to go to Iraq in two weeks.

    Dozens of law enforcement officers from all over Broward and Palm Beach County were looking for two suspects, last seen heading north on Powerline in an early '90s model white four-door sedan. It might have been stolen. Its license plate number is F16 8UJ.

    A dragnet was set up for miles around, with helicopters from BSO and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office scouring the area from above, and K-9 units searching on the ground.

    The deputies who worked with Reyka in Pompano Beach arrived at the hospital's conference center about 5:15 a.m. in a procession of about two dozen squad cars, followed soon after by Jenne. Grief counselors were meeting with them. Among those who gathered: retired officers who worked with Reyka before the city police department merged with BSO.

    ''We're hit, and we're hit very hard,'' Jenne said.

    After talking to deputies at the hospital, the sheriff proceeded to the Pompano Beach sheriff's bureau to address roll call.

    Crimestoppers was offering a $10,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest. To report information call BSO at 954-765-4321, not 911.

    A deputy told The Miami Herald a rash of recent robberies at Walgreens stores may have prompted Reyka to check out the suspicious cars at the Pompano store, which is across from the Palm-Aire Golf Course. The Walgreens was closed and cordoned off.

    Van Roberts, who lives in the massive, 6,000-unit Palm-Aire condominium complex across from the Walgreens, said he was watching TV after 1 a.m. when he heard what he thought was a series of gunshots.

    He pulled on a shirt, shorts and shoes and jumped in his car to check out what had happened. Emergency lights were flashing at the Walgreens.

    ''I watched [the fire rescue truck] drive off with all of the police officers,'' he said. ``It had a big escort.''

    In April of this year, Reyka was named deputy of the month for doing exactly what he was doing early Friday. On two separate occasions, he was checking out suspicious cars and his actions led to arrests or the recovery of property. In one case, the car turned out to be stolen and in the other a man burglarizing a nearby business was arrested.

    The shooting comes as Deputy Maury Hernandez, 28, fights for his life at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

    Hernandez was shot in the head Monday after he pulled over a motorcyclist who had run several red lights. A suspect in that case was arrested shortly after the shooting.
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    Are they being targeted...yes...everyday.
    "If I was an extremist, our founding fathers would all be extremists," he said. "Without them, we wouldn't have our independence. We'd be a disarmed British system of feudal subjectivity."

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    I just saw this on MSNBC. Truely sad news. I honestly hope these guys don't make it to trial. Here is another link from Channel 10 http://www.local10.com/news/13862985/detail.html
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    Cool

    My prayers are with his family. This is why I have the upmost respect for LE officials in general.
    Hope the killers are caught soon but I hate seeing good tax money being spent to prosecute them.
    I may be speaking prematurely but I hope this is not going to end up being 'one more' instance where previously incarcerated criminals have been let out by an activist judge.

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    Sad indeed. I have a few friends with the BCSO, all of them great guys. I'm sure Reyka was a good man too.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    ,and heart broken.
    Two in 4 days??????????
    Prayers for his family and co-workers.
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    That is just plain sickening

    I hope the scumbags are found and put up a (losing) fight.
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    There is a $105K reward out for information on the alleged scums. They also have the license plate of the scum-mobile and being broadcasted on the news.
    Last edited by Miggy; August 10th, 2007 at 05:47 PM. Reason: Reward updated
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    105k!? Thats a lot of loot. I'm sure the scums free days are numbered with that kind of price on their heads.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    Prayers for comfort and strength for his family and friends.

    Rest in peace, Sergeant.

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    Ya know... people who do ambush killings are the worst form of sludge. And yet, they seem to be the biggest cowards when caught.

    People like that should expect no mercy from retribution.

    And society just keeps on keeping on trying to limit gun rights at every turn, at every moment. There must be a true mental defect not to be able to see the key to ending senseless and random killings is to allow people to have the means to put a stop to it right then and there.

    My heart grieves for the families of slain officers everywhere.
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    Quick update: As of now, the suspects that murdered Sgt. Chris Reyka are still at large.

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    SUNRISE, Fla. -- A memorial service for the Broward County sheriff’s deputy gunned down outside a Walgreens is set for Wednesday at noon.

    Thousands are expected to attend, so the service for Sgt. Chris Reyka will be held at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise.

    The 18-year veteran of the force will be buried at the South Florida Veterans’ Cemetery in Lake Worth following the funeral.

    As Reyka’s family made burial plans, a massive manhunt for the two men who killed the deputy continued Saturday
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
    Randy Cain.

    Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
    Signed: Me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    105k!? Thats a lot of loot. I'm sure the scums free days are numbered with that kind of price on their heads.
    The sick thing is, the person who's gonna know where the cops can pick up this fecalform killer, and collect the reward, is likely to be a scumbag himself.

    This is the kind of thing that makes you want to read that the authorities are authorizing summary executions of this kind of subhuman. We declare "war" on everything: drugs, guns, terrorism, heart disease... bleagh. WHY IS OUR SOCIETY UNWILLING TO DECLARE ALL-OUT WAR AGAINST CRIMINALS?!

    Why is it politically incorrect for mayors, governors, presidents, to stand before the American public and say something like, "Americans, ARM YOURSELVES, and FIGHT when you see lawlessness, criminality, depredation, degeneracy, and unprovoked violence against the good!"? Why is it a taboo thing, to suggest that good people ought to fight strenuously against evil ones?

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    This may or may not be connected but a business owner in Pembroke Pines shot and killed a shotgun armed robber who apparently drove in or was the passenger in a white, american made vehicle. BSO is investigating the possible link. We can only hope and pray.

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