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Shooting on 95: West Palm police ID first of Hugo Selva’s victims


A 32-year-old Boynton Beach man was Hugo Steven Selva’s first victim in the 24-hour crime spree that ended with a deputy killing the 22-year-old on Interstate 95 near Lantana Road.

Charles Brown Jr. was shot Tuesday afternoon on South Dixie Highway, near the Dutchman Motor Lodge south of Forest Hill Boulevard. He was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach with non-life threatening injuries.

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Police said at the time that Brown likely knew his shooter. Authorities have since linked Selva to that shooting, as well as one early Wednesday in Boynton Beach and his girlfriend’s later that morning in front of a Lake Worth grocery store. Anthony Fonti, 21, is expected to survive his wounds in the Boynton Beach shooting.

Selva’s girlfriend and the mother of his child, 26-year-old Nicole Novak, died of her injuries.

It’s unclear when Novak died, but authorities say she was in the car as Selva sped the wrong way down Interstate 95, causing three head-on crashes.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper deployed his Tazer at Selva, but Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said it misfired. Deputy Connor Haugh then shot and killed Selva.

Bradshaw “said (Haugh) was in fear of his life and the life of the trooper.”

Bradshaw did not say if the Selva was armed, but said, “there was enough to let the deputy know he needed to do what he needed to do.” His office has not commented on how many shots Haugh fired or where gunfire struck Selva.

Haugh is on paid administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reviews the shooting.



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