January 21, 2015

Man shoots at deputies after domestic dispute; is arrested

Note: An FHP trooper involved in the pursuit of the suspect was also shot at. Suspect will be charged with three counts attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. There will be other charges as well.

Please note: this is preliminary information. I am still waiting for more details and exact charges.

Deputies responding to a domestic dispute were shot at by the suspect early this morning. The man fled from the scene of the domestic dispute in his vehicle and then shot at deputies chasing him. There were no major injuries sustained from the incident and the suspect was apprehended.

The incident started with deputies responding to a domestic dispute just before midnight on Buttonwood Drive in Key Largo. When Deputies Diosvel Fumero and Angelina Lubin arrived, they found a man standing behind some bushes. He had a shotgun in his hands, pointing at the ground.

As the deputies took cover and were ordering him to drop the weapon, they heard two shots and saw the muzzle flash as the man apparently fired the gun toward the ground. Before they could stop him the man – later identified as 57 year old Robert Schminky – fled northbound.

Sgt. Sydney Whitehouse and other officers pursued Schminky as he drove first northbound on State Road 905 and then back southbound back to highway U.S. One. He reportedly fired at deputies twice, once when he turned around at Valois Boulevard on State Road 905 and again at the Circle K convenience store at the 106 mile marker of the highway.

Schminky was apprehended. Sgt. Sydney Whitehouse sustained bruising on his leg from a possible graze from a bullet.

Detectives ae still processing the crime scenes and determining the exact charges against Schminky. More information will be available later in the morning.

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