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Here’s The Scoop … LBTS- BSO “Got The Guy”….Now It’s A Homicide …


Dear Readers… The calls began with Editor Mark Brown stuck in traffic on A1A and seeing helicopters …BSO and K9s …Then we heard the Commissioners were contacted by the Town Manager  …what a difference a TM makes…..Other calls and texts followed from residents as the event continued  and A1A was shut down…… This writer e-mailed  Chief Llerena who was on scene with Lt. Cedeno and other Town deputies… After the incident I received the following response…
FW: Media Incident Alert
Friday, May 21, 2010 5:23 PM
“LLerena, Oscar”

“Barbara Cole”

Hi Barbara,

It will be a bit until we get the paperwork together, but basically there was a shooting in Pompano. The suspects fled southbound on A1A. Deputy Friedrich saw the vehicle speeding down A1A and conducted a traffic stop. The suspects bailed out and fled. Jason was able to tackle one and take him into custody. BSO LBTS with the assistance of BSO Pompano set up a perimeter. BSO Aviation, K-9 and SWAT responded to track the suspect. The suspect was located and successfully apprehended. All suspects are in custody. AMR and VFD responded to the scene to assist in treating one suspect who was injured while we took him into custody.

Due to the seriousness of the crime, A1A was shut down for a while.

Below is the BSO media notification.

Chief Oscar Llerena
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea District
Broward Sheriff’s Office
(954) 491-3920 Office

Please note that Florida has a broad public records law, and that all correspondence sent to me via email may be subject to disclosure.

From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, May 21, 2010 4:04 PM
To: LLerena, Oscar
Subject: Media Incident Alert

The BSO Office of Media Relations is currently working a developing incident regarding a shooting suspect in custody located at: 1967 S. Ocean Dr., LBTS.

Public Information officer Mike Jachles & Jim Leljedal is currently gathering the details. Here’s what we know so far:

At 2:54 pm a man was shot & badly wounded at 125 N. Riverside Dr in Pompano Beach . Suspects fled south on A1A. BSO stopped the vehicle, took one in custody, one fled on foot. Suspect is presumed armed & dangerous. Perimeter set up and K-9 & BSO chopper. CP at 19 St. & A1A.

The second suspect from the shooting at 2:54 pm was caught, hiding in bushes, at 3:55 pm near 1967 S. Ocean Dr. in LBTS. The manhunt ended successfully.

A BSO public information officer will be on scene at approximately: 4:00 PM.

This information should be considered preliminary, and as with any developing situation, the details may change.


LBTS VFD & AMR were on scene as well and aided the suspect who was “chewed up a bit” by the K9s!…


Saturday May 22, 2010 on BSO Site….


BSO Case Number: PB10-05-6411
PIO Number: 10-5-16
Date: 5/21/10
Time: 2:53 p.m. Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach
Place of Occurrence: around the 500 block of N. Riverside Dr., Pompano Beach


* Stephen Langsford, 25, male, 11/19/84, Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD (DECEASED)


* Badi Burgos, 24, male, 1/27/86, 5831 NE 2nd Terrace, OP (IN CUSTODY)
* Drew Betterly, 20, male, 10/13/89, 5272 NE 6 Ave., OP (IN CUSTODY)

Description of Incident:

A drug deal gone bad led to a shooting that ended the life of a Maryland man Friday afternoon in Pompano Beach.

Just before 3 p.m. on May 21 a man ran into the lobby of the Sands Harbor Resort and Marina located at 125 N. Riverside Drive in Pompano Beach, suffering from a gunshot wound. Hotel employees called 911 and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported the 25-year-old victim, Stephen Langsford to North Broward Medical Center. As units responded to the emergency call, a BSO deputy on patrol in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea noticed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed heading southbound on A1A. The deputy conducted a traffic stop in the 1900 block of A1A, but once the vehicle came to a stop the passenger fled the scene on foot.

Backup deputies quickly established a perimeter as BSO K-9 and chopper searched for the fleeing suspect. The man, identified as 24-year-old Badi Burgos, was found hiding in the bushes near a church in the 1900 block of S. Ocean Drive in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. A firearm was found nearby. The driver of the vehicle, 20-year-old Drew Betterly, was taken into custody without incident.

Langsford later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
BSO Homicide detectives say Langsford came to South Florida to make a drug deal. Langsford got into the suspect’s vehicle to conduct a transaction involving prescription drug medications. He was shot inside the vehicle.

Both Burgos and Betterly have been booked into the BSO Main Jail facing a charge of felony murder in the 1st degree.

INVESTIGATORS: Dets. Duggan & Torres, CID Homicide; PBFR; BSO Crime Scene; K-9 & Aviation
THIS REPORT BY: Keyla Concepcion/PIO 5/22/10 2100

Thanks to Mark Brown who was covering the story from the ground for the photos…

more to come…

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