A dispute about the placement of a couple of AT&T utility trucks got out of hand on Wednesday. According to Hialeah Police, incensed by two AT&T utility workers’ refusal to remove their vehicles from in front of his property, retired Miami-Dade firefighter Jorge Jove, 64, took matters into his own hands and methodically shot at the tires and the engines of the two company vehicles. His actions were caught on video (below).
The incident took place around 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning, reports Miami’s 7News, after AT&T employees Derrick Taylor and Gilberto Ramos parked two trucks on the street outside of Jove’s home so they could work on some lines.
“The owner of the house came out. He was upset that the trucks were parked in front of his house, asked them to move,” said Hialeah Police Sgt. Carl Zogby. “They said, ‘We’ll move in a few minutes. We’re just working on the poles. We’re supposed to be here.'”
Clearly, Jove did not like that answer.
“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,” said Zogby.
Taylor captured Jove’s response on his cellphone and narrated his actions to the police. Watch this:
Zogby confirmed what Taylor described in his call. “[Jove] flattened their tires, he shot into the bodies of the trucks, he shot at one of the radiators of the trucks,” said the sergeant.
But police also say that Jove fired in the direction of Ramos. 7News reports:
However, police said the responding sergeant saw Jove fire at and miss Ramos who was still in the air.
Taylor also said that Jove pointed the gun in his direction before firing at his work truck.
Thankfully, despite Jove firing 18 rounds, no one was injured. In all, police said, Jove unloaded at least 18 shots.
In response to the wild incident, AT&T released a statement saying they are “grateful nobody was hurt, and we’re working with law enforcement in their investigation.” Due to the ongoing investigation, the company offered no further comment.
Zogby said Jove appears to have been a “quiet man” who simply “snap[ped].” One neighbor described him as “an impeccable man,” but noted that AT&T apparently damaged something in front of his property before. ““It has happened before, and they had to repair it, and he asked them to remove the truck out of the driveway,” said the neighbor.