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Suspect accused of shooting at Monroe County sheriff's deputies

Sergeant grazed by bullet after Robert Schminky opened fire at deputies, sheriff's spokeswoman says

Robert Schminky is accused of shooting at Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies called to a domestic dispute in Key Largo.
Robert Schminky is accused of shooting at Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies called to a domestic dispute in Key Largo.

KEY LARGO, Fla. – A suspect in a domestic dispute opened fire at Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies early Wednesday morning, sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

Deputies Diosvel Fumero and Angelina Lubin were called to the early-morning dispute in Key Largo. When they arrived, they heard a woman calling for help and saw a man standing behind some bushes, pointing a shotgun at the ground, Herrin said.

As the deputies ordered the man to drop the gun, he failed to comply and instead fired two shots into the ground, Herrin said.

The man, later identified as Robert Schminky, 57, then fled the scene.

Sgt. Sydney Whitehouse and other deputies pursued Schminky, who fired at deputies twice, Herrin said.

Schminky also rammed a Florida Highway Patrol trooper's patrol car and fired several shots into the car, Herrin said.

Whitehouse's leg was grazed by a bullet, while the state trooper had a minor arm injury from the crash, Herrin said.

Schminky's wife was found covered in blood in the front yard of the home. She later told detectives her husband beat her repeatedly with the stock of the shotgun. She suffered a broken arm, wrist and ribs, a head injury and other internal injuries.

She later told detectives she believed her husband would have killed her if deputies had not arrived when they did, Herrin said.

Schminky was eventually apprehended. He faces three counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, one count of attempted murder stemming from his wife's attack, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, discharging a firearm in public, and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer.

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