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Florida Lotto winner shot

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Posted: April 21, 2006, 4:02 pm - IP Logged
Seminole cops shoot 2004 Lotto winner

FOREST CITY -- Since winning one of the largest Florida Lotto jackpots 1 1/2 years ago, Robert Swofford Jr. has surrounded himself with security. He has motion detectors placed throughout his property. A security guard lives on the site.

But the precautions apparently backfired early Thursday when the system was triggered by someone entering his property.

Swofford grabbed a gun and ventured into the darkness to investigate. Instead of a trespasser, however, he was confronted by two Seminole County deputy sheriffs who ordered him to drop his gun.

For reasons that aren't clear, he did not, and the deputies opened fire.

Swofford was hit at least three times, including one shot to the abdomen. He was in intensive care at Orlando Regional Medical Center late Thursday after undergoing surgery. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The incident began about 2:30 a.m. Thursday when Deputy Ronnie Remus, patrolling on a bicycle, encountered a man trying to break into a car in the Barrington at Mirror Lake apartment complex just behind Swofford's property, sheriff's spokesman Lt. Dennis Lemma said.

Remus was there because 11 trailers and five vehicles had been burglarized at the complex in the past two months. The man tried to flee in a car, but was caught. Suspecting he might have accomplices, however, deputies brought in a police dog. Striker immediately picked up a track.

"That K-9 was on a scent," Lemma said.

Striker led his handler, Deputy Bill Morris Jr., and Remus through an opening in a wooden fence and into a field that apparently was once a plant nursery.

Swofford was in that field, more than 100 yards from his home on Forest Lake Drive, when the deputies spotted him, Lemma said.

They repeatedly identified themselves as deputies, Lemma said, and ordered Swofford to drop the gun.

They were about 20 feet from Swofford when he "moved the firearm in a threatening manner," Lemma said. Both deputies fired.

The land where Swofford was shot is one of two parcels he has bought since winning the $63.75 million Lotto jackpot Nov. 24, 2004.

He has built two large buildings to hold cars, trucks and motorcycles he now collects.

The land and his home all are listed in the name of his wife, Sharon.

Swofford has been plagued by people wanting some of his winnings, said Don Buchholz, one of two men who work for Swofford, providing security and helping to maintain the property.

"We've had to escort people off the property," he said.

Buchholz has an apartment in a building adjacent to Swofford's home, but he wasn't there when the shooting occurred.

He said both he and Swofford generally go out if the alarm sounds. The tone of the alarm tells them which area triggered it.

"I don't go out at night without carrying a piece [gun]," he said.


There's more on the next page probably too much to post here click on link to read the rest.  Not a bad idea get a concealed carry permit and carry a pistol on your hip if you win a large lotto jackpot might keep some of the crazies away.  Little tip tho if some cops run up on you and tell you to drop your gun more than twice might be a good idea to listen. Or buy a bullet proof vest!  Wink

    Coastal Georgia
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    Posted: April 21, 2006, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

    Remember what the comedian said " You can't fix stupid ".







      bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

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      Posted: April 21, 2006, 5:51 pm - IP Logged

      Yeah, he probably should have dropped his gun when the cops said too. Was he expecting that they would drop theirs?

      Dance like no one is watching.

        BobP's avatar - bobp avatar.png
        Dump Water Florida
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        Posted: April 22, 2006, 12:12 am - IP Logged

        Just because someone points a flashlight in your face and yells they're police doesn't mean they are.  BobP

          justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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          Posted: April 22, 2006, 1:07 am - IP Logged

          Just because someone points a flashlight in your face and yells they're police doesn't mean they are.  BobP

          I totally agree with your statement.  Was he standing on his on property when he was shot?  He could possibly have a lawsuit against the police department, although he doesn't need the money.  No offense to any cops on this board, but I wonder if this man really turned in a threatening manner or they were too quick to shoot.  The article says it was very dark so he could have been holding a golf club.  After all, look at all the deaf people who have been shot to death, one because he was holding a rake! If they can taser a little 6 year old boy in Florida because he was having a tantrum at school, I doubt if they'd think twice about firing at an armed man. I'm not stupid at all, but if I just stepped outside and heard "freeze, police!" it might take me a few seconds to process the information simply out of surprise & confusion.

            time*treat's avatar - radar

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            Posted: April 24, 2006, 3:42 am - IP Logged

            Many people have been injured, assaulted, or worse by crooks pretending to be cops or security guards, etc. By crooked cops too, for that matter.  

              dvdiva's avatar - 8ball

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              Posted: April 24, 2006, 3:37 pm - IP Logged

              11 trailers? Unless he's starting a mobile home park it seems a bit much. If there is that much crime where he lives maybe it's a sign to move to a lower crime neighborhood.