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By Rafael A. Olmeda and Alexia Campbell
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

WEST PARK, Fla. - Broward sheriff's deputies trying to arrest a 17-year-old shot and killed him when he hit two of them in the head with a baseball bat this morning and tried to get an officer's gun, authorities said.
Five deputies had gone to a house in the 4300 block of Southwest 33rd Street shortly before 2 a.m. to serve warrants on Jonathan Fontanez for armed robbery and aggravated battery, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Jim Leljedal.
Fontanez tried to flee through a back door and struck two deputies with a baseball bat, Leljedal said.
During a fight with the deputies, he tried to grab one of their guns and was shot once, according to Leljedal.
The deputies who had been hit in the head were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where they apparently are OK.
"Oh, they're going to be fine," said Deputy Willie Valdes as he left the hospital.
Another deputy who wouldn't give his name said one of the injured officers was released after getting some stitches in his head, while the other was in intensive care with stitches in his upper lip and some loose teeth.
Leljedal said one deputy in uniform and two others in black tactical gear with the word "Sheriff" on their T-shirts had gone to the front door of the house were Fontanez lived. Two others in tactical gear staked out the back.
The deputies knocked and announced they were with the Sheriff's Office, but Fontanez's mother did not open the door, Leljedal said.
Fontanez then sprung out the back door with a baseball bat and hit the deputies, Leljedal said.
He was shot with a Taser as he wrestled with the deputies.
"During this fight and after he's tasered, one of the deputies said, 'He's getting my gun.' At that point, another deputy fired one shot and struck the suspect," Leljedal said.
Yolanda Thompson, who said she was a family friend of the Fontanezes, said they did not know the deputies were law enforcement officers. They thought they were being robbed, she said.
"It's not right for someone to get killed like that, and in front of your mother, no," Thompson said.
Thompson said Fontanez had already served his time for the charges. She thought he was a senior at Hallandale High School.
Leljedal said "there's no question" Fontanez knew deputies were at the door.
Deputies had tried to arrest Fontanez a couple of weeks ago at the house but he fled out the back door, Leljedal said.
Three small children were in the house this morning, according to Leljedal.

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