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The Bizarre World of Florida

Strolling drunken man fired AK-47 in neighborhood September 17, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Guns,Scary,Shooting,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:56 pm

A Deltona man told deputies he was trying to release some built-up anger Tuesday morning when he fired off multiple rounds from an AK-47 rifle while walking around his neighborhood, Volusia County deputies said.

sfl-flduh-drunken-man-ak-47-20140916-001Frederick Wenzel IV said he was upset because he’s 28 and had to move back in with his parents, so he drank several beers before taking a walk with his firearm in tow, according to a sheriff’s charging affidavit. Multiple residents of homes on Joyner Drive told deputies they could hear the gunshots and a man yelling about 5:30 a.m.

Wenzel said he never intended to hurt anyone, but he had thought about shooting at the K-9 officer he saw looking for him, according to the affidavit. Children who had arrived at school bus stops in the area were told to return home to ensure their safety.

Wenzel was arrested and charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, open carrying of weapons and carrying a concealed firearm, records show. He was being held later Tuesday at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail.

 

Here’s a bad combination: tequila shots, gunshots, a humdinger of a big vehicle and tattoos done inside someone’s home. August 14, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,Guns,Shooting,Silly,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:29 pm

A man who reportedly tried to run over two other men with his Hummer after drinking tequila didn’t get very far, deputies said.

sfl-fldu-tequila-shots-gun-20140813-001That’s because one of the people Guilibaldo Gonzalez-Lopez, 37, tried to run over shot out two of his tires. And when deputies found Gonzalez-Lopez driving in Lake Worth, he was riding on his rims, they said.

Deputies said they got a call about a shooting at about 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of Strawberry Fields Way in Lake Worth, according to an arrest report. When they got there, they found two men, one of whom said he fired shots for his own protection against a driver who was trying to run them over.

One witness told deputies Gonzalez-Lopez had come to his house to get a tattoo done. He said throughout the day Gonzalez-Lopez had been drinking Jimador tequila, according to the report, and the witness told him he was concerned about him driving.

When Gonzalez-Lopez got into his black Hummer, he starting driving erratically all over the witness’ lawn and into his neighbor’s driveway. The neighbor came outside because he heard the witness screaming and went to grab his gun, according to the report.

The neighbor took one shot that hit Gonzalez-Lopez’s front passenger tire, according to the report. Gonzalez-Lopez backed up in the street, stopped for a moment and then started driving toward the neighbor and another man who had come out of his house, who were standing in the driveway.

The neighbor shot again, this time trying to shoot the rear passenger tire, and hit it. After that, Gonzalez-Lopez drove away from the scene and the two called deputies.

At the intersection of Lantana and Haverhill roads, deputies spotted the black Hummer with two deflated tires on the passenger side. The driver was identified as Gonzalez-Lopez.

Deputies asked Gonzalez-Lopez to perform field sobriety tests but he refused and started yelling at obscenities, according to the report. They also discovered Gonzalez-Lopez didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

Gonzalez-Lopez is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence, and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $9,000 bail.

 

Sanford is quickly becoming the terrifying epicenter of Stand Your Ground assaults August 7, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Guns,OK Then .....,Scary,Shooting,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:35 pm

A man walked into Central Florida Regional Hospital with two gunshot wounds from a shooting at his Sanford home Tuesday night, officials said.

untitledSanford Police identified the victim as Terrance Perkins, 34.

Investigators are currently waiting outside his home in the 1400 block of Mara Court — near San Lanta Circle — for permission to search inside.

There were signs of forced entry through the front door, according to Shannon Cordingly, Sanford Police spokeswoman.

“We are waiting for a search warrant to be signed before we can enter the home,” Cordingly said.

Perkins was shot about 9:47 p.m.

A neighbor called 911 to report the gunfire.

Just as the 911 call came in, officials at Central Florida Regional Hospital alerted police that someone had just walked in with multiple gunshot wounds, Cordingly said.

Perkins was later transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

He is currently undergoing surgery for the wounds to his chest and arm.

“At this time, [Perkins] is not willing to talk to investigators,” Cordingly said.

No additional information has been released.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

 

Five police officers opened fire on a driver who tried to run down a bicyclist that just happened to be a police officer July 20, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,OK Then .....,Shooting,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:49 pm

Five Orlando police officers opened fire on a driver who tried to run over a bike cop, fled officers and struck multiple vehicles early Saturday morning, officials said.

copshooting1-jpg-20140719The driver, Ta’Von O. Grayson, 22, whose last known addresses are in Seminole County, was listed in serious but stable condition at an area hospital, police said. He is facing a charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, but more charges are pending, police said.

The incident started about 1:30 a.m. when a bike-patrol officer attempted to make contact with Grayson, who was driving a white Toyota in a parking garage on Orange Avenue near West Central Boulevard, police said.

Grayson refused to stop for police; instead, he attempted to run over the bike-patrol officer, according to Lovetta Quinn-Henry, OPD spokeswoman.

“The officer was forced to jump out of the path of the suspect’s vehicle,” Quinn-Henry said.

Grayson drove to West Amelia Street and Garland Avenue, where another OPD officer fired shots at him, she said.

But that didn’t stop him: Grayson kept driving and got back on Orange Avenue at Colonial Drive, where he was driving the wrong way and hit two vehicles and two police cruisers, Quinn-Henry said. One of the police cruisers suffered significant damage and had its bumper hanging off.

Five OPD officers then opened fire on Grayson near the intersection of Garland and Colonial, hitting him multiple times, according to Quinn-Henry.

“Police are not looking for any other suspects,” Quinn-Henry said. “None of the officers were injured.”

It is unclear whether Grayson was armed. Grayson, who has a lengthy rap sheet, was on probation for a grand-theft-auto conviction out of Orange County in 2012, according to the state Department of Corrections records. Seminole County court records show Grayson was arrested in January on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession, resisting an officer without violence, leaving the scene of a crash, alcohol-related reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

The five officers who shot at Grayson will be placed on administrative leave pending a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation. This is the fifth incident involving the use of deadly force by Orlando police officers this year.

In May, there were two shootings that involved Orlando police officers firing their weapons. Orlando police fatally shot a 20-year-old man May 21 who officers say was one of three people who robbed and carjacked a food-delivery driver. The next day, May 22, Orlando police shot a Lake Nona man who they say attacked them with a baseball bat.

 

Newlywed man, 79, tries to kill bride July 9, 2014

fl-hallandale-married-attempted-murder-jpg-20140708They were married just eight months, but police say a 79-year-old man tried to kill his wife, 73, after accusing her of stealing his checkbook.

Luis Ames, of Hallandale Beach, was arrested Monday after he struck his wife with the handle of a handgun, police said.

The woman, who police did not identify, was sleeping in their bedroom when Ames woke her up and made the theft allegation, Hallandale Beach Police Officer Josue Hernandez’s police report said.

She denied the accusation, and he took a firearm from a dresser drawer. While shouting, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ Ames struck the top of her head with the gun while it was still in its holster, police said.

The woman’s head was cut and “copious amounts” of blood flowed down her face, body and clothing, the report stated.

 

Oh, shoot …. again …. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it June 19, 2014

sfl-flduh-shot-himself-fib-20140618-001Sure, accidentally shooting yourself is embarrassing. Especially if you do it twice.

But it only gets worse for you if you blame it on someone else. Especially if you do that twice, too.

Peter James Bonfiglio, 27, of Port Charlotte, is charged with filing a false report of a robbery.

Deputies say Bonfiglio called deputies Monday morning to tell them a woman he knew and a man he didn’t know robbed him at gunpoint at his Kinderkemac Avenue home around 2:30 a.m.

He said they took jewelry from him and then shot him in the foot. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Deputies found the woman Bonfiglio said he knew. She told them Bonfiglio approached her about getting money for some jewelry he had.

The woman was able to show investigators several text messages that backed up her story.

She also told them she went to see Bonfiglio by herself, and he had the foot injury when she showed up.

Deputies also talked to a taxi driver who took the woman to Bonfiglio’s house. The driver said there wasn’t anyone with her on the trip.

Detectives determined Bonfiglio shot himself, most likely accidentally, and made up the story to cover his mistake.

He was arrested on charges of Filing a False Police Report and Violation of Probation and held at the Charlotte County Jail without bond.

The investigation also turned up a previous encounter with Bonfiglio – he was arrested less than a year ago on similar charges.

In October 2013, he allegedly shot himself and reported someone hiding in the woods had shot him.

 

“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.

 

 
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