Jorge Jove, a 64-year-old retired Miami-Dade firefighter took, shot out the tires of a truck as he tried to get AT&T workers to remove their truck from his property.
According to Hialeah Police, the AT&T utility employees were working on lines near a home located near the corner of Southeast Fifth Place and Sixth Avenue when Jove approached them around 11 AM on Wednesday, July 19.
Police said the AT&T employees told Jove they would move the vehicle as soon as they were done with repairs. However, Jove seemed to be unsatisfied with that response, as he came back out a few moments later with a gun and started firing his weapon at both the AT&T trucks.
Cellphone video captures the gun-toting homeowner as he circled the trucks and opened fire. “There’s a guy shooting out my tires. There’s a guy shooting out my tires,” the employee is heard telling police in cellphone video of the incident, followed by audio of air hissing out of the tires.
The worker who recorded the video then called 911 asking for help as Jove continued reloading a second and third time. Meanwhile, a second AT&T employee was up in the air working on one of the poles.
The footage also shows Jove taking aim at one of the trucks’ engines. “He flattened their tires, he shot into the bodies of the trucks, he shot at one of the radiators of the trucks,” said Zogby. “We’re trying to determine now whether he was actually intentionally trying to shoot the workers or just shoot the vehicles.”
In total, police said that Jove fired 18 shots. Luckily, no injuries were reported.
Jove was taken into custody and questioned, although no word on if he’s been officially charged. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
AT&T released a statement on the incident:
“We’re grateful nobody was hurt, and we’re working with law enforcement in their investigation. Because there’s an active investigation, I need to refer you to them for any questions.”
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