Cudjoe Key – A Cudjoe Key man was arrested early today, charged with firing his gun while arguing with his boyfriend.
Both 54 year old Peter Deluca and 54 year old Michael Cooper told Deputy John Gabay they have been together as a couple for 11 years and are now breaking off the relationship. Just before 1 a.m., they began to argue. Stories differ about what happened, but both men and Deluca’s mother, who was in the next room, say the argument escalated and Deluca fired his gun, shooting a hole through a window in his bedroom.
Following the gunfire, they separated; Deluca locked himself in his room with his mother and called the Sheriff’s Office. Cooper also called the Sheriff’s office for help. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a .44 magnum revolver on Deluca’s bed; it was fully loaded, with two spent rounds in the chamber.
Deluca was arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper exhibition of a firearm. He was booked into jail.