Saturday, March 3, 2007


Deputy Brian Tephford fatally shot during traffic stop; suspects in custody
Deputy Brian Tephford, 34, a six-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff's Office, was shot and killed late Saturday night during a traffic stop as he worked a special detail in Tamarac. Deputy Corey Carbocci, 37, who was called to assist the traffic stop, was also shot during the incident.
Late Sunday afternoon, Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne announced the deputy's killer had been arrested.
BSO deputies and SWAT team members, with assistance from numerous other local and federal law enforcement agencies, converged on the Roadway Inn & Suites and arrested 28-year-old Eloyn Devon Ingraham. Two other males, seen in surveillance video released Sunday, were later taken into custody at the same hotel.
"This was a heartless, cold-blooded assassination," Sheriff Jenne said at a Sunday afternoon media briefing.
Deputy Tephford conducted the traffic stop in the 8000 block of West Colony Circle while on a special detail at the Versailles Gardens Condominium. He called for back-up and shortly after Deputy Carbocci arrived at the scene, both were fired upon. Deputy Tephford was shot twice and Deputy Carbocci was shot four times. Neither deputy had a chance to fire his weapon. They were rushed to Broward General Medical Center where Deputy Tephford was pronounced dead at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday morning. Deputy Carbocci is expected to recover.
Following graduation from the 144th Corrections Academy, Deputy Tephford was sworn-in as a BSO detention deputy sheriff in March 2001. Deputy Tephford served in the Main Jail and then transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement as a cadet. He graduated from the 216th Academy in April 2003 and took the oath as a law enforcement deputy sheriff in May 2003.
Assigned to patrol in BSO’s District 7, the City of Tamarac, Deputy Tephford was also a member of BSO's Field Force. He was named Employee-of-the-Month in December 2005, and in January 2003, the Sheriff presented him with BSO's prestigious Lifesaving Award for saving an inmate from suicide.
Deputy Tephford leaves behind a 4-year old daughter and young twins.

Bahamas News Center
Three Bahamian men were charged last week in connection with opening fire on the two deputies - killing one and seriously injuring the other. Eloyn Devon Ingraham, 28, was charged with first degree murder of Deputy Tephford, 34, and the attempted murder of Deputy Carbocci, 37, according to the Broward County Sheriff's office. Two other men, both Bahamians, who were seen on surveillance video with Ingraham, were also arrested. Arron Bernard Forbes, 22, and Andre M Delancy,l9, were charged with accessory after the fact.
Thousands honor slain Broward deputy
Miami Herald, The, November, 2006 by Miami Herald staff
Thousands of friends, family members and officers from South Florida and around the country gathered this afternoon at the Broward Center for Performing Arts to pay their last respects to Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Brian Tephford. The ceremony included a video tribute, a 21-gun salute, Taps played by bagpipers and a flyover by helicopters from BSO, Miami-Dade police and the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office. The funeral procession, led by hundreds of motorcycles and marked police cruisers, began about 1:15 p.m. at the T.M. Ralph Funeral Home, 371 NW 136th Ave. in Sunrise. The procession shut down traffic along Broward Boulevard from Sunrise to Fort Lauderdale. All major intersections were closed as the procession passed. Uniformed police officers, firefighters and BSO employees lined the streets to honor Tephford as his hearse passed. The hearse, flanked by motorcycle units, moved past the Fort Lauderdale Police Department on Broward Boulevard.
Posted on Sat, Nov. 18, 2006
When Alyssa Tephford learned that her father had been killed, she immediately began drawing pictures and writing cards.
The 4-year-old tied the notes to her ''Daddy'' onto balloons and then released them into the sky, hoping that her father, Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Brian Tephford, would see them in heaven.
A letter written by Alyssa was read aloud by Sheriff Ken Jenne during a memorial service Friday in Fort Lauderdale honoring Tephford, who was gunned down Nov. 11 during a traffic stop in Tamarac.
''My Mommy told me a very bad man hurt my Daddy and now my Daddy is dead,'' the letter read. ``I was very sad. I cried and cried.''

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