Retired Florida Firefighter Opens Fire On AT&T Workers

Retired Florida Firefighter Opens Fire On AT&T Workers


A retired Florida firefighter who allegedly shot out the tires of two AT&T trucks parked in front of his house told police he “went bananas,” Local 10 reports. The trucks were parked in front of the Hialeah home of 64-year-old Jorge Jove on Wednesday while workers hung lines on nearby utility poles. The trucks were parked in the street, but Jove was reportedly worried about them damaging his driveway—a neighbor tells WSVN that AT&T trucks had done so in the past—and he confronted the workers. The workers told Jove they would move as soon as they were finished. Jove went back into his house, but police say he returned about an hour later with a Ruger .357 revolver.

Cellphone video from the scene shows a man firing multiple shots at the trucks. Police say Jove shot out their tires and fired multiple shots into the bodies of the trucks. One of the workers was up in the bucket truck when Jove allegedly opened fire and couldn’t come down, the Miami Herald reports. A responding police sergeant says Jove took a shot at the worker in the bucket, but Jove reportedly denies it. Police say Jove fired at least 18 shots in all, stopping to reload multiple times. “He seemed to be a quiet man, and something made him snap today,” Sgt. Carl Zogby says. Jove was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released on a $30,000 bond.

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