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PBSO Deputies Shoot Hunting-Knife-Wielding Man Who Went on 48-Hour Crime Spree

A PBSO Deputy shot a man in Lake Worth who they say had been on a crime spree, including armed robbery and a stolen car. According to PBSO spokesperson Teri Barbera, the suspect, Olie James Goad Jr., was spotted just before 2 a.m. Sunday driving a vehicle he had stolen during an armed robbery. 

Police attempted to make a traffic stop, but Goad, 48, drove into a plaza in the 4400 block of S. Congress Ave., and then ran out of the vehicle. Goad made it on foot toward the far end of the plaza when a PBSO deputy approached him.

Goad then allegedly threatened the officer, saying he would kill him. Goad was holding what PBSO calls an "unidentified black object" as he kept on running. Barbera says Goad then ran behind some trucks parked on the west side of the plaza. 

Goad ran away from the trucks and toward PBSO deputies while holding what was later identified as a large hunting knife. Goad allegedly pointed the knife at the deputies. That's when the deputies opened fire.

"Deputies, in fear for their lives and the safety of the public, fired their weapons, striking Goad several times," Barbera says.

"He came out between some vehicles, ran towards the deputies, actually pointing the thing that he had in his hand at the deputies, at which time they fired at him and was able to disable that threat and took him into custody," added Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, in a news conference call.

Bradshaw also revealed that Goad had served 18 years in prison for murder after being arrested in 1990. Goad had been arrested a total of 31 times for burglary, nine times for grand theft, and seven times for kidnapping.

Goad has been a suspect in several crimes in the past 48 hours, according PBSO, including an armed robbery at a Little Caesars in West Palm Beach, and a bank robbery at a Chase.

On December 10, Goad allegedly robbed a Chase located at 200 Lake Ave., in Lake Worth. A day later, is when he allegedly hit the Little Caesars Pizza at 5096 Forest Hill Blvd. in West Palm. On the same day, Goad allegedly committed armed robbery at the KWIC PIC Mart located at 9377 Alt., A1A, in West Palm Beach. On Saturday, Goad carjacked a vehicle at the 900 block of Sumpter Road East, in West Palm Beach. Police say that this was the vehicle Goad was driving when he was spotted by deputies in the early morning hours on Sunday. 

Barbera says the five deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Officials from PBSO, PBC PBA, PBSO Violent Crimes Division, and PBC State Attorney's Office are all investigating the shooting, per protocol.  
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Chris Joseph
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