Fla. man shooting at Amazon Alexa sparks gun battle with police

The incident left two LEOs wounded and the suspect in critical condition


By PoliceOne Staff 

PASCO COUNTY, Fla.  — A domestic call to a Florida home left two officers wounded and a suspect in critical condition on Saturday. 

According to ABC News, dispatchers received a call from a 10-year-old girl saying her parents had gotten into a fight.  

The fight stemmed from the mother being upset with suspect Terrance J. Peterson Jr., 62, who had shot at her Amazon Alexa, police say. 

After arriving to the scene, police found the woman had been battered. More officers were called. 

When police tried to communicate with Peterson inside the home, Peterson – armed with a handgun and a semi-automatic rifle – allegedly opened fire. 

"He was shooting at everybody," Pasco County sheriff Chris Nocco said. 

During an exchange of gunfire, an officer was shot in the leg and suffered life-threatening injuries. Another officer was grazed in the hand by a bullet. 

Multiple squad cars, nearby homes and even a deputy’s protective shield were hit with bullets with one round almost going all the way through the armor. 

A SWAT team was called to the scene and attempted to negotiate with Peterson who had barricaded himself inside the home. A robot was sent inside around 4 a.m., which enabled police to see that Peterson was bleeding. 

EMS was sent into the home where they found Peterson with a gunshot wound to the head. It’s unclear if the wound was from the shootout or if it was self-inflicted. 

Peterson was transported to a local hospital but his condition is unknown. 

The wounded deputy, 41-year-old Christopher Stone, was also taken to a local hospital where he is recovering. Deputies were able to apply a tourniquet to Stone at the scene, which will likely increase the chances of him not losing his leg. 

Peterson is charged with domestic battery and at least five counts of attempted homicide. 

"This individual had full intention, in my eyes, to kill deputies, to kill everyone," Nocco said. 

 

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