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Suspect in Raleigh motel robbery killed in Florida shootout, K9 injured

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says Phillip Oshea crashed his car before getting into a shootout with deputies.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says Phillip Oshea crashed his car before getting into a shootout with deputies. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

A man wanted for armed robbery in Raleigh was killed Friday in a shootout with Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies in Jupiter, Fla., according to the Palm Beach Post. One deputy and a police dog were injured.

The Post reported that Phillip Oshea, 46, allegedly robbed a bar in West Palm Beach and shot at a deputy early Friday, carjacked a woman’s vehicle and later got into two shootouts with deputies.

Raleigh police have been looking for Oshea in connection with an armed robbery at a Super 8 motel on May 2. The warrant from Raleigh police accuses Oshea of taking more than $500 from a man at the Super 8 motel near Pleasant Valley off Glenwood Avenue.

Police accused Oshea of robbing a bar at about 4 a.m. Friday and leading police on a chase in West Palm Beach, according to the Post. The suspect crashed and got into his first shootout of the day, with one deputy getting hurt while diving for cover, the newspaper reported.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook Friday morning, “Just after 4 AM we were called out to Duggans Pub regarding a robbery. Our deputies arrived shortly after. A short pursuit ensued. The suspects then started firing at our deputies and we returned fire. One deputy was injured with minor injuries while being shot at. After a short pursuit the suspects crashed their vehicle and began shooting at our deputies.”

Palm Beach County authorities say Oshea then carjacked a woman and drove away. Deputies caught up with Oshea later Friday about 20 miles away in Jupiter and again got into a shootout, according to local media accounts.

“During the gunfire, PBSO K9 Kasper was shot while protecting his handler,” the Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page.

“Kasper took a bullet that was meant for his K9 Partner. He is currently recovering and in stable condition.”

Duncan: 919-829-4880, @duncanreporting

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