FINALLY: PBSO Acknowledges Killing By Cop In West Boca

Matthew Troy Pollow was shot and killed by a PBSO Deputy Wednesday night at a West Boca Raton Apartment Complex.

DEAD: Matthew Pollow was killed by a PBSO Deputy Wednesday night. He is seen here in a 2004 booking photo, courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

DEAD: Matthew Pollow was killed by a PBSO Deputy Wednesday night. He is seen here in a 2004 booking photo, courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — It took nearly 24 hours but the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has finally released official details of last night’s shooting death involving a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Deputy in West Boca.

The information delay is uncharacteristic for PBSO, which frequently issues advisories while a scene is “hot.” is asking Capt. Matthew Eisenberg — in command of District 7 — why there was such a delay in releasing the following information, finally provided at 8:09p Thursday:

At approximately 9:19pm PBSO was called to an armed disturbance at 23055 Camino Del Mar (Tuscany Point Complex), unincorporated Boca Raton.  The responding Deputy encountered a W/M standing next to a vehicle and ordered him to remove his hands from his pockets. The Deputy saw that the subject had a very disturbed look on his face which caused him to draw his firearm.  The Deputy then ordered the subject to place everything in his pocket on to the hood of the vehicle.  The subject placed several items on the hood including a screw driver.  The Deputy ordered the subject to walk towards him to speak to him, the subject picked up the screwdriver  and charged after the Deputy.  The Deputy was in fear of being stabbed and feared for his life created some distance between he and the subject and fired his weapon striking the subject. PBSO Deputies rendered first aid and the subject died at the scene. The suspect has been positively identified as MATTHEW TROY POLLOW, d.o.b. 3/23/1986.  The Deputy involved is on paid Administrative Leave which is standard procedure.

Matthew Pollow has been described by family members as having mental issues.  PBSO has had to previous encounters with Pollow.  The Boca Raton Police Department has numerous documented encounters with Pollow.  This is still an open and ongoing investigation.


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