Deputies shoot at plainclothes detective during pursuit
Updated On: Oct 30 2013 11:10:32 AM EDT
Broward Sheriff's Office deputies mistakenly shot at a Hallandale Beach plainclothes detective while they searched for a man who led them on a chase into a mobile home park Monday afternoon.
According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, 31-year-old Jayson Kalinowski tried getting away from deputies and ditched his truck in the Holiday Mobile Estates mobile home park.
Hallandale Beach Police Detective Anthony Destephano, who was nearby, joined the pursuit but was suddenly targeted by gunfire.
"The deputies had never seen him before. He was in plainclothes [and] he had a firearm," Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said during a news conference Tuesday.
Nearly two dozen bullets missed Destephano.
"We took a dangerous person off the streets and Detective Destephano had the opportunity to go home and hug his kid," said Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy
"The chief and I are very, very, very glad to be here today knowing that no one was injured and no one was hurt," added Israel.
The missed bullets pierced several mobile homes, including 80-year-old Josephine Johnson's.
"First, I thought someone threw a rock at the window," she said. "The gun shooting didn't stop... I was scared but yet I knew I had to live through it."
Her home was peppered with bullets, piercing its walls and windows and blowing holes through her televisions, refrigerator, and car.
"I feel lucky. I feel like God must've had something to do with it that the bullet didn't hit me," she said. "He must've."
Kalinowski was charged with cruelty toward a child, false imprisonment of an adult, false imprisonment of a child under 13 years old, resisting an officer without violence, and fleeing/eluding law enforcement. He was also held on two out-of-county holds.