Deputies killed: Radio transmission released

UPDATE, FRI 9 AM: The sheriff's office released the deputies haunting radio transmission before Wednesday's tragedy.

Deputy says, "Stop sticks in place."

That was the voice of one of the fallen deputies. You can hear supervisors authorized a chase of the stolen car and the deploying of stop sticks. Then, you hear one of the fallen deputies radio that the stop sticks deflated the tires of the stolen car.

The K-9 deputy then radios in advising he's also rushing to the scene. Seconds later, the two deputies were hit and killed.

So far one person has been arrested. Thursday Ernie Kirk Daley, Jr. made his first court appearance. Bail was denied. His attorney did not feel it was the right time to request it. "I didn't think it was proper. I think the community is suffering at this point. I thought just being retained last [Wednesday] night, there's a lot more work that goes into something like this, and we're going to be addressing that later."

The passenger who was in the car with Daley is still on the run. Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Meantime, tentative plans have been set for memorials for the two deputies. There will be a candlelight vigil in Pahokee on Tuesday night. Funeral services are Wednesday at the South Florida Fairgrounds followed by their burial.

UPDATE, THURS 9 AM: An update on the two deputies killed Wednesday during a dangerous police chase in Pahokee.

One suspect is caught. Ernie Daley, Jr. faces a judge Thursday morning on manslaughter and grand theft charges. Another suspect remains on the loose.

Deputies Jonathan Wallace and Donta Manuel, along with other officers, were trying to catch up with a stolen car and the people inside.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says the chase reached speeds up to 55 miles per hour on State Road 715.

Manuel and Wallace placed stop sticks in the path of the speeding stolen vehicle to blow out its tires. But after the stolen car hit the stop sticks, they had to be moved so another deputy, Gergorio Fernandez, could catch up to the thieves.

But deputies couldn't get the devices off the road in time and were run down by the oncoming patrol car.

"All the people involved in this were doing their job. That's why this is such a dangerous split decision. Sometimes they turn out right, sometimes tragic," states Bradshaw.

Wallace and Manuel were both killed in the accident. After Deputy Fernandez's car struck the deputies, he veered off the road and into a canal.

Thursday morning Daley makes his first appearance in court. Investigators believe he was the driver of the stolen Toyota. But one man still remains on the loose.

If you have any information, call Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

UPDATE, WED 10 AM: Fox 29 is following a breaking and tragic story Wednesday morning. Two Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputies were killed early Wednesday morning in the line of duty.

Pahokee Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says it happened during a pursuit of a stolen vehicle.

The call came in about the vehicle at about 1:15 Wednesday morning. The roads were empty, so the sergeant gave the OK for deputies to engage in a car chase with the suspects. The pursuit never reached speeds more than 55 miles per hour.

The two deputies were ahead of the pursuit and had put down stop sticks on the road to impede the suspects.

Shortly after laying down the stop sticks, the stolen car drove by and got its tires blown out. The sheriff says standard police procedure requires the deputies to immediately pull the sticks off of the road so that pursuing vehicles do not get their tires blown out.

For unknown reasons, the two deputies chose to walk into the street to retrieve the sticks instead of pulling them off the road from the side. A K9 unit that had been chasing the stolen vehicle came around a corner and struck the two deputies. Sheriff Bradshaw says the K9 unit never saw the deputies in the road.

The suspects bailed from their car and ran into nearby sugar fields to hide from police. This sparked a massive manhunt. One man was caught; the other is still on the loose. He goes by Ernie Kirk or Kurt Daley.

The two men from the K9 unit car are OK. The deputies who dies are identified as 33-year-old Dante Manuel (13 years with PBSO) and 23-year-old Jonathan Wallace (1 1/2 years with PBSO).

Fox 29 has a team of reporters working on this story, and we'll have the latest information throughout the day.

PREVIOUSLY: Fox 29 is following a breaking and tragic story Wednesday morning. Two Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputies were killed early Wednesday morning in the line of duty.

Investigators tell us the deputies were working an investigation of a stolen vehicle in Pahokee when they were hit by a car and killed.

Fox 29 has a team of reporters working on this story, and we'll have the latest information throughout the day.