The Bizarre World of Florida

Hunter mistakes man practicing turkey calls for a deer, shoots him twice with a high-powered rifle February 19, 2014

969039-0-20140218184430A hunter in Tampa, Fla., mistook a man practicing turkey calls for a deer Sunday night and shot him—twice—with a high-powered rifle. Amazingly, he survived, Opposing Views and the New York Times report. Clint Galentine, 37, was walking with a friend in a wildlife management area when the bullets hit him in the left side; one shot passed through his arm and broke a bone. The hunter, 43-year-old Michael Trott, rushed over and apologized as Galentine and his buddy wrapped up his arm. “I don’t know how he mistakenly thought we were animal[s],” Galentine said.

What’s more, Galentine says he saw a sign on the trail reading “Boundary Closed to Hunting”—but he overlooked the fine print that said, “access is provided at designated access points.” And Trott, 43, had the required firearm and hunting licenses, officials say. Now Galentine, who often walks the path with his 8-year-old daughter, is having trouble speaking and may have suffered permanent damage. “I do not know who enforces those rules, but it definitely needs to be stepped up,” he said. “[If] I was there with my daughter, she would not be here right now.”


Report: Off-duty U.S. Marshal left loaded gun in dressing room February 18, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Florida Nut,Guns,Really Dumb,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:52 pm

sfl-flduh-marshal-gun-dressing-room-20140217-001An off-duty U.S. Marshal on vacation accidentally left his loaded gun in the dressing room of a clothing store.

The NWF Daily News is reporting that the officer, who was not named, left the gun in the Kenneth Cole located inside the Silver Sands Outlet Mall on Sunday.

A customer happened to find the gun, and alerted a store employee of its presence. She then contacted the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrived as the officer returned to the store, having realized his error.

“He felt pretty awful about it,” Catherine Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office, told the paper.

After checking his permits and licenses, the U.S. Marshal was released.


Duck and cover: Grown-ups ruin kids’ hunt February 17, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Florida Nut,Guns,Scary,Shooting,WTF? — floridaduh @ 6:40 pm

The eight kids showed up in western Palm Beach County, ready to participate in a duck hunt restricted to those under age 16.

sfl-flduh-duck-cover-hunt-20140216-001But they ended up ducking gunfire instead of bagging birds. The four grown-ups who were supposed to help them opened fire and killed about 25 ducks before the kids had a chance to shoot.

Two Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers in plainclothes witnessed the Feb. 1 hunt.

“These four adults killed 99 percent of the roughly 25 ducks that were harvested,” states an agency report. “The youth hunters were unable to harvest the ducks because the adults would shoot them before the youths had a chance to. Several times I witnessed the youth hunters crouching down out of the way as the adults shot over their heads.”

The conservation commission issued citations to the four adults for hunting out of season. Maximum penalties are a $500 fine and 60 days in jail.


Beer prank led to …… remember, this is Florida …….. a shooting February 6, 2014

Deputies say a man chased a Jeep and fired at it after the people inside poured beer on him while he was doing yardwork near the road outside his Palm Springs home.

sfl-flduh-beer-prank-shooting-20140205-001Jose Estrada, 51, was arrested after deputies say he admitted to the shooting, which sent a bullet through the front windshield and out the passenger side window of the Jeep. He told deputies it was a “mistake,” according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

It was around noon Saturday when a 20-year-old man and a buddy drove down the 3000 block of Dolan Road and noticed Estrada using a leaf blower near the street. The driver slowed down and, as they went by the man, one of the passengers dumped a Budweiser on him.

It was a “very stupid prank,” the two later told cops, but they didn’t think it would escalate the way it did.

They were at the intersection of Dolan Road and Congress Avenue when an Expedition pulled up beside them, the report said. Estrada was inside. He asked why they threw beer at him, then pointed a gun at them.

The duo sped off, breaking traffic laws to get away from Estrada. They thought they’d lost him and headed back to the driver’s house, but ran into him again on the way there. The driver told deputies he held his hands up as he passed, and then heard a loud popping noise.

He threw the bottle of Budweiser his friend was drinking at Estrada, then hurried home, according to the report.

In his interview with deputies, Estrada, who has a concealed weapons permit, said he shot at the Jeep because he thought it was coming right for him.

Estrada is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of firing a missile into a vehicle and one count of discharging a firearm from a vehicle. County records show he was released from jail Sunday afternoon.


Man accused of threatening tree trimmers with gun February 5, 2014

sfl-flduh-tree-trimmers-20140204-001A 65-year-old Flagler County man is accused of threatening tree trimmers and pointing a gun at one of them.

Lee Williams was arrested Monday afternoon at his daughter’s home in Palm Coast. He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Investigators said workers were hired by his daughter to cut down trees and grind the stumps. The workers repeatedly asked Williams to stay inside so he wouldn’t be hurt, but Williams wanted to watch.

When they said “no,” Williams allegedly got a gun and pointed it at one of the men, threatening to shoot if they didn’t get off his property.

Deputies said Williams told them the workers were being rude.


Eric Morkert accidentally shoots self ……. on way back from firearms safety class! February 1, 2014

Glock-17A South Florida man accidentally shot himself in the leg while on his way back from a firearms safety class, police said.

The accidental shooting occurred about 9:45 a.m. Friday near Congress Avenue and Neptune Drive.

Boynton Beach police said officers found Eric Morkert sitting in the bed of his pickup truck with a gunshot wound to his right leg.

Morkert told police he’d just left a firearms safety class and had pulled over to inspect his new Glock 17. Morkert said he removed the magazine and was manipulating the slide when the gun discharged.

Paramedics arrived and took Morkert to Delray Community Hospital for treatment. He was expected to be OK.

Police took possession of the gun.


Man being chased by cops says “You’ll never catch me alive”, shows them he is a man of his word January 30, 2014

imagesAuthorities say a man being chased by Southwest Florida deputies fatally shot himself rather than go to jail.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies responded to a vehicle burglary call in a residential Bradenton neighbor Monday night. Deputies spotted a man and woman in a car with what appeared to be marijuana and prescription pills.

The man — later identified as 22-year-old Elias Guadarrama — ran from the scene, reportedly firing several shots at deputies.

Law enforcement began a search of the neighborhood, with deputies eventually cornering Guadarrama. When deputies ordered Guadarrama to show his hands, the sheriff’s office reports Guadarrama shot himself in the head.

Officials say no deputies fired during the pursuit. No other injuries were reported.

Guadarrama’s arrest history included several drug-related charges.


Nervous driver’s ‘unusual bulge’ a .38-caliber revolver

Filed under: Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Guns,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:08 pm

sfl-flduh-drivers-unusual-bulge-20140129-001Drugs and an unusual bulge were discovered by Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies in weekend gun arrests.

When a sedan was stopped for speeding Sunday morning near Celebration, a deputy noticed the front-seat passenger became increasingly nervous and wouldn’t look him in the eyes, the arrest report of Julius Cesar Ahumada stated.

“During this time I noticed an unusual bulge in the front area of his waist band,” the deputy wrote of asking the man if he had any weapons. “Mr. Ahumada did not respond…While conducting the pat down I located a black Taurus .38-caliber revolver.”

The search also found $200 in 20 dollar bills and $50 in one dollar bills, along with packets of marijuana as well as a tranquilizer. When asked about the drugs, Ahumada, 18, of Kissimmee, responded, “I have to make money somehow.”

He was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possession of drugs with intention to sell, use of a firearm during a felony.


Trespassing can be a blast…from a shotgun January 28, 2014

A Sarasota man faces gun charges after he fired a sawed-off shotgun at trespassers, deputies say.                          

sfl-flduh-trespassers-sawedoff-shotgun-2014012-001Gary Pearsall, 57, faces gun charges after firing a sawed-off shotgun at trespassers, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. (Photo provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office)

A man called dispatch about 7:41 p.m. Jan. 21 to report two vehicles — a Chevrolet truck and a Toyota SUV — being recklessly driven near Lockwood Ridge and Clark roads.

A few minutes later, gunshots were fired in the 5500 block of Blount Avenue, where the two vehicles were parked in front of Gary Pearsall’s home, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Pearsall, 57, told deputies that he heard people arguing on his property. He heard a woman scream: “Don’t hurt him.” A man said: “Give me my money, or I’ll kill you,” Pearsall reported.

Afraid for his family’s safety, Pearsall told the people to leave. A man replied: “Shut the (expletive) up, old man,” and threatened to kill him, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Pearsall felt threatened, so he went to his front porch and fired his shotgun toward the vehicles, striking them both, according to the Sheriff’s Office. No one was injured, and the people sped off.

The vehicles were later stopped at a nearby gas station. Inside the Toyota were four juveniles, 15 to 17 years old. The Chevrolet was occupied by two men, 35 and 37. The driver of each vehicle was given a traffic citation.

Back at Pearsall’s home, deputies asked to see the shotgun. Pearsall told deputies a former tenant gave him the gun for rent, then he “sawed off” at least a foot of the barrel, according to his arrest report.

Deputies determined that Pearsall recklessly fired three rounds toward a group of people from about 50 feet away.

He is charged with discharging a firearm on residential property and possession of a short-barreled shotgun.

Pearsall was released from jail on his own recognizance.


Florida Man Hops Fence to Shoot and Kill 21-year-old in a Hoodie—Then Claims Self Defense January 23, 2014

gun_1On Thursday, an Orlando man shot and killed a 21-year-old who was fleeing his yard. He didn’t appear to be stealing anything, according to witness accounts. He didn’t appear to be threatening anybody. But Claudius Smith said he feared he was a burglar, followed him over the fence to a neighboring apartment complex, where he shot him after he said he felt threatened, according to a confession documented in an Orlando Police Department report. Smith even said he feared victim Ricardo Sanes was armed “because his pants were falling down” and his hands were in his hoodie pockets, according to a report  obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.

Now, questions are emerging about whether Smith will also invoke the state’s Stand Your Ground law, which gained notoriety over the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, shot in a Florida residential development while wearing a hoodie. Law enforcement officials don’t seem to believe Stand Your Ground applies. Smith has already been charged with second-degree murder. But that  doesn’t stop a judge from granting Stand Your Ground immunity later. In one of the most recent Florida court decisions on Stand Your Ground, an appeals court  granted Stand Your Ground immunity to a man who went to his car to get a gun before the fatal incident.

According to statements by Smith’s girlfriend, Angela Kemraj, to police, the incident started when she saw a man in the yard on surveillance cameras and reported it to Smith. She said they saw the individual in dark clothes and a hoodie leaving their yard without anything in his hands, and climbing over the fence to a neighboring apartment complex. Smith then left the apartment and climbed over the fence. Two minutes later, Kemraj said she heard gunshots. Soon after, Smith came back to the apartment and said Sanes tried to rob him, without mentioning the shooting. During initial police questioning, Smith later denied knowledge about the shooting, and only later confessed, claiming he shot in self-defense.



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