Judge denies bond for man accused of shooting at two sheriff’s deputies in Belle Glade

 

Judge denies bond for man accused of shooting at two sheriff’s deputies in Belle Glade

A Palm Beach County judge today denied bond for the Belle Glade man accused of trying to shoot two Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies.

Lance Joseph, 25, faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of aggravated assault. Joseph has been in Delray Medical Center since Saturday. He was shot at least twice by the two sheriff’s deputies after he shot at them, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said Saturday after the shootings.

Judge James Martz denied bond for Joseph and ordered he have no contact with the deputies and the Palm Glade Apartment Complex, where Joseph was allegedly seen by witnesses earlier Saturday. Martz also ordered Joseph have no weapons.

After reading Joseph’s arrest report, Martz said the case was “strong” and “rather straight-forward.”

“I believe that no bond on all charges at this time would be appropriate,” Martz said.

Joseph was in a wheelchair during the hearing and wasn’t able to fit through the door separating the court room from the holding area.

His two sisters, who didn’t give their names, attended Joseph’s first appearance hearing. They didn’t say much except for asking when their brother’s next court date will be. They declined to comment after the hearing.

The deputies who shot at Joseph after he shot at them haven’t been named and are still on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol.

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