Retired Firefighter Shoots Up Utility Truck Parked Outside His Home

He was angry when they said they couldn't move the truck until their work was done. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

A retired firefighter shot up two AT&T utility trucks that were parked outside his Florida home Wednesday. Jorge Jove, 64, of north of Miami, told the workers to move their trucks, according to ABC affiliate Local News 10. When they didn’t immediately comply, he went into his house, retrieved a pistol and fired at least 12 rounds into their vehicles, puncturing tires and a radiator.

The two trucks were in the area, hanging lines on utility poles. "They were on public access. They were working on utility lines. They have every legal right to do so," said Hialeah police Sgt. Carl Zogby. After Jove told them to move their trucks, the technicians had told him they had to finish their work first. When Jove came out of the house with his gun, Zogby says the electrical workers “ran for their lives."

After running for cover, AT&T technician Derrick Taylor called police. Cellphone video captured the scary scene. “He's shooting the truck right now,” Taylor tells a 911 dispatcher, as Jove calmly paces around both trucks, unloading shots. Taylor’s co-worker, meanwhile, was stranded up in the air. “Somebody’s up in the bucket right now,” Taylor tells police, “and they can’t come down because he’s shooting the truck.” According to Zogby, Jove "flattened their tires. He shot into the bodies of the trucks. He shot out one of the radiators of the truck," adding, "He seemed to be a quiet man, and something made him snap today."

 Police soon arrived on the scene and took Jove into custody. The retired Miami-Dade firefighter was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and criminal mischief, and posted a $30,000 bond. Police also confiscated Jove’s gun, for which didn’t have a concealed weapons permit, according to the Miami Herald. Nobody was injured in the incident, and in an email to Local 10 News, an AT&T spokeswoman said "We're grateful nobody was hurt, and we're working with law enforcement in their investigation."

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