Updating a post that we brought to you in Friday’s LPM Weekly, the identity of the Boynton Beach police officer hit by an SUV while chasing a shoplifting suspect Wednesday was released yesterday, along with dashcam video showing the moment he was hit.
Officer Greg Wertman, with Boynton Beach police since last July, remains in serious condition, according to a department spokesperson.
Through the department, Wertman’s family issued a public statement that read, in part: “We are so appreciative of the community for the outpouring of support for Greg. His condition continues to improve daily, which we believe has a lot to do with the power of prayer. We are eternally grateful to Greg’s brothers and sisters at the Boynton Beach Police Department, who have not left his side since he was hurt and have made sure we have everything we need so that we can focus on his recovery; and to the miracle workers at Delray Medical Center, who are giving Greg the best possible care…”
While in pursuit of Ryan Moody, suspected of shoplifting from a nearby Kohl’s, Wertman jumped out of the passenger side of his patrol car at the corner of Gateway Boulevard and Congress Avenue. Moody took off from the median. Wertman went to follow when he was hit by Estner Servil in her Toyota RAV4. The dashcam video is from Servil’s Toyota. Moody is charged with retail theft. Moody’s alleged crony, Elyshia Wilson, faces grand theft charges. [Source: Miami Herald]