On November 7, 2007 , Deputy Paul Rein was shot and killed by a prisoner he was transporting in a medical van to the Broward County Courthouse.
Deputy Rein was overpowered during the transport, even though the prisoner was restrained. After the shooting, the prisoner dumped his body in a night club parking lot. After disposing of the van, he was taken into custody by members of the Hollywood Police Department. The prisoner was serving two life sentences for strong-armed robbery at the time.
The suspected killer of a Broward Sheriff’s deputy was captured by Hollywood Police outside a pawn shop on Hollywood Boulevard, Sheriff Al Lamberti said Wednesday. Michael Mazza is accused of ambushing and killing Deputy Paul Rein, 76, who was taking the suspect to the Broward County courthouse Wednesday morning.
Deputy Rein had served with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. He is survived by his son, a retired Davie Police Department officer and his stepson, a Coconut Creek police officer.
NPDF Executive Director Joe Occhipinti and Secretary Mike Barry meet Mark Spradley, the tipster who identified the killer of Broward County Deputy Rein, and the slain deputy’s widow at the officers wake on November 12th, 2007 . In attendance is Mike Calderin, NPDF Florida Delegate.