WSVN - A retired Miami-Dade firefighter took extreme measures to get AT&T workers to remove their trucks from his property, Wednesday morning.
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 the resident, identified as 64-year-old Jorge Jove, came outside and approached them, at around 11 a.m.
“The owner of the house came out,” said Hialeah Police Sgt. Carl Zogby. “He was upset that the trucks were parked in front of his house, asked them to move.”
Police said the workers told Jove they would remove the vehicle as soon as they were finished with their repairs, but that did not appear to satisfy him. “They said, ‘We’ll move in a few minutes. We’re just working on the poles. We’re supposed to be here,’” said Zogby. “He went back into his house, came out a few moments later with a gun and started firing at both AT&T trucks that were on the scene.”
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 all, police said, Jove unloaded at least 18 shots. “He seemed to be a quiet man, and something made him snap today,” said Zogby.
I fucking love this guy. Love him. 18 shots he fired. 18! If they didn’t get the message after the first shot, or the second shot, or even the third shot, he had 15 more bullets for them to get the message! All in broad daylight. That’s the definition of not giving a fuck and taking matters into your own hands. I mean sure, shooting out tires of trucks you want moved might not be the best course of action, but his hands were tied. And were the AT&T workers fixing a problem that would likely improve this man and/or his neighbors’ quality of life? Without a doubt. But they better park their little trucks somewhere else if they know what’s best for them. That man doesn’t own a house for some utility trucks to park in front of. No siree.
What’s even better is while this dude is going HAM with his gun, there’s no panic from the workers. There’s no screams. No “WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING BRO” from anyone. One dude keeps on filming. I think that speaks volumes to the life of a utility worker. Our guy is pumping led into an engine of a truck, and not one person is dive rolling behind bushes or tackling him to stop. If a they catch a stray bullet, they’d be thanking their lucky stars. Sounds like 3 weeks in the nice air conditioned hospital and then a nice, hefty lawsuit/severance package from AT&T. Those guys weren’t mad he was shooting their trucks, they were mad he wasn’t shooting at them.