The Bizarre World of Florida

“Yeah, my holster broke and I accidentally shot myself” June 17, 2014

A 70-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the foot in the parking lot of a Winn-Dixie store on West Colonial Drive on Friday afternoon, Orlando police said.

Police were called to the store around 12:30 p.m. and found the man sitting on the tailgate of his truck with a gunshot wound to his right foot. The man, L.C. Williams, said the holster recently broke and he was carrying his concealed weapon in his waistband.

As he was approaching his truck, the gun fell out of his waistband, hit his foot and discharged, according to Orlando police. The round also ricocheted into the front grill area of a 2009 beige Dodge Charger, causing about $500 in damage, police said.

The car was not occupied at the time.

The gun was returned to Williams, who was taken to the hospital, police said.


Man shoots son multiple times on Father’s Day June 16, 2014


As an 18-year-old man ran from his New Smyrna Beach house bleeding from four gunshot wounds, his father stepped outside, pointed a handgun and fired one more shot, police said.

Eugene Blackwell Sr. shot his son Eugene Blackwell Jr. at 6:34 p.m. on Father’s Day while the two were inside their Edward Street home, New Smyrna Beach Sgt. Eugene Griffith said.

The final shot missed the fleeing teen.

The younger Blackwell, who just graduated from New Smyrna Beach High where he was a star weightlifter, had just broken up a fight between his father and his mother, Windy Blackwell, Griffith said, and the elder Blackwell was not pleased with the interference.

“He shot his son four times,” Griffith said Monday morning. “It escalated after the mother left the house.”

The elder Blackwell was arrested early Monday and is charged with attempted first-degree murder. He was being held without bail Monday at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

Neighbor Richard Tredeaux told investigators that after he heard the initial gunfire coming from the Blackwell house, he then saw Blackwell Jr. running from the residence. Tredeaux said he saw Blackwell Sr. emerge from the home and point something at the teenager. He heard another gunshot and then the elder Blackwell yelled out, “Yeah (expletive deleted) how do you like that?” the arrest report states.

Griffith said Blackwell Jr. was airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach in critical condition. He was listed in satisfactory condition on Monday, said Tangela Boyd, hospital spokeswoman.


Just a thought, but don’t try to buy a handgun with a fake cop ID June 11, 2014

sfl-flduh-handgun-cop-id-20140610-001A Daytona Beach man was arrested last week after authorities said he tried to use a fake law enforcement identification card and fake concealed weapons permit to purchase a handgun.

According to a report, David Alan Garrity tried to purchase the gun on June 3 at Gander Mountain in Lake Mary using the fictitious identification. Garrity wanted to buy the handgun on the spot instead of waiting the state-mandated three days.

Employees at Gander Mountain told officials they believed the documents presented by Garrity were fake and refused to sell him the firearm.

However, employees told Garrity he could pay for the gun, wait the three days and pick it up after that time. Garrity agreed, but Gander Mountain officials notified law enforcement of the incident and told them when he would be returning for the gun.

Authorities were waiting for Garrity when he returned to the store on Friday. He was arrested and charged with sale and delivery of firearms.

Garrity told investigators that he was not a former law enforcement officer. Additional charges may also be pending.


Man Pees On Lawn, Get’s Pissed Off, Shoots Onlooker June 7, 2014

A Miami man who, police say, shot a man while they were arguing  faced a judge Friday.gilberto-martinezGilberto Martinez, 28, was arrested on Thursday, June 5th after police said he pulled a gun on two people, shooting one, after they commented over Martinez peeing in front of a home.

According to his arrest report, Jose Martinez and Genaro Merlos had just returned home from the store when they saw Gilberto Martinez urinating in front of their home.

The two men told the Gilberto he should not be doing that because there were small children at the house, according to the report.

Gilberto allegedly took offense to the comment and pulled out a black hand gun, stated the report.

Jose Martinez attempted to run away but was shot three times in the torso area.

Gilberto, then allegedly turned the gun on Merlos and said, “You too,” and pulled the trigger.

According to the report, Merlos, “heard the click of the gun but nothing happened.”

Gilberto then ran away but was later arrested.

Police said Gilberto Martinez later admitted to shooting the Jose Martinez  and then leaving the area.

Gilberto Martinez is charged with one count of attempted second degree murder.

A judge on Friday ordered him to be held on $50,000 bound plus house arrest.


Man mad over lost dog threatened couple, shot man June 5, 2014

A Walton County man angry about his missing dog threatened to “blow” a woman’s kneecaps off and then shot the man who was also in the house, according to authorities.

sfl-flduh-missing-dog-threatened-kill-20140604-001James Farrell Davis, 55, 10228 County Highway 3280, was charged on Tuesday with attempted murder, aggravated assault and armed burglary of an occupied dwelling.

According to a media release issued Tuesday by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, authorities responded to a Seymore Drive residence on May 21 for a report of shots fired. Deputies discovered that Joseph Justice, 31, had been shot by Davis.

The release states that Davis walked onto the property and confronted Heather Sue Carden about his missing dog. Davis had a shotgun and threatened to “blow her knee caps off.”

Davis also stated “No, I’m not going to jail for you, I’m gonna kill you,” the report said.

According to the release, Justice heard the commotion and came out of the house, at which time Davis turned the shotgun toward him and stated, “and you too.” Davis fired the weapon at Justice, but missed the first time. Justice attempted to go back into the home to protect his three children. Davis pursued Justice and a struggle occurred.

The release states that during the struggle, Davis fired another shot and hit Justice. Justice was able to get a hammer and struck Davis in the head until he was able to get the gun away from Davis.

Deputies took the weapon and the hammer, as well as a semi-automatic pistol found in Davis’ possession.

Both men were transported to Bay County Medical Center and have since been released. The children were not injured during the incident.


A fake rent-a-cop claimed to be collecting rent May 23, 2014

sfl-flduh-fake-cop-rent-20140522-001A 32-year-old Kissimmee man faces several charges after police said he impersonated an officer in order to collect rent money.

Officials said Abdiel Mendez went to a home late Wednesday night dressed in a suit and wearing a black earpiece. According to the victim, Mendez knocked on the door, called his name and identified himself as a police officer when the victim opened the door.

“I have a person here at my door and he told me that he is a police officer. And I wanted you guys to send me a patrol because I think that he is not a police officer,” the caller said. “He told me he has a gun and a badge.”

Mendez flashed the victim a gold badge inside a folding wallet when he was asked to show credentials, a news release said.

Police said the victim then invited Mendez into the home.

“When the suspect got into the apartment, he was acting very suspicious and nervous which, if you are a law enforcement officer, you would not be acting suspicious nor would you be nervous,” said Stacie Miller, Kissimmee Police Department spokeswoman. “Anytime you impersonate an officer it’s a bad decision.”

The victim again asked Mendez for his credentials, but police said he displayed a handgun and said, “Look, here’s my gun. I am a police officer.”

Mendez fled the area when the victim called police.

Kissimmee police said they found Mendez in the Chelsea Square complex as he was trying to flee. Mendez told officers he was trying to collect rent from the victim owed to his father, but police said that explanation was a lie.

According to a news release, a gun, and gold badge with “concealed weapon” and “permit” on it were found on Mendez. A two-way radio including an ear piece were also found.

Mendez is charged with falsely impersonating an officer and possession of a concealed weapon in the commission of a felony. He is being held on $3,500 bond.


Man says getting the wrong order at Burger King pushed him over the edge May 22, 2014

A Florida man was arrested Tuesday after authorities say he fatally shot a man , as well as article-0-1E15C04600000578-7_634x356Brandon Hawkins has a long history of problems with his girlfriend’s family, but according to investigators, what finally pushed him over the edge was a sandwich from a Port St. Lucie Burger King.

‘The wrong sandwich was just another stressor in an already tense situation,’ Port St. Lucie Police Chief John Bolduc told reporters on Wednesday.

Authorities say Hawkins’ relationship with Jamie Young has been strained recently, and the issues he’s had with her family has been equally problematic.

About a year ago, Young’s brother fired a gun at Hawkins, police say, and on Tuesday Hawkins had gone to Young’s home looking for her brother.

‘There’s a long history in the family of gunplay,’ Port St. Lucie Police Lt. Scott Beck told WPBF.

About 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, police say Hawkins went to Young’s home with a plan to kill her brother and than take his own life.

Things didn’t go according to plan.

Rather than shooting Young’s brother, Hawkins ended up shooting her mother’s boyfriend, 69-year-old Levy Williams, and Young’s 7-year-old son, Emmanuel Morgan Jr. as he and his mother tried to run to a neighbor’s house to avoid the gunfire.

Williams died at a local hospital, and Morgan currently is in stable condition. Young was not injured in the attack.

According to detectives, Hawkins showed no remorse when he was told Williams was dead.

Neighbors and other witnesses described a chaotic scene at the home.

‘The first couple (of shots) sounded more like fireworks, then all of a sudden a few minutes later, I could hear, “Pow, pow, pow, pow,'” said a neighbor who preferred to remain anonymous.

Hawkins remained on the loose for several hours after the shooting, causing residents in the neighborhood to fear that he could attack them next.

‘When they said he was still on the loose, I said we better lock all our doors and windows because we don’t know where he’s hiding,’ neighbor Samori Williams told the local news station. ‘He could be in anybody’s backyard. It’s no joke; anybody can hide.’

Detectives tracked Hawkins down at another girlfriend’s house a few miles away from the crime scene at about 1 a.m.

Hawkins was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail about 5:30 a.m. on several felony charges, including first-degree murder.

He’s been ordered held without bail.



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