FL Man Mistakes Pool Tech for Intruder, Shoots Him
It seems like we talk about it every day, the world is getting more and more trigger happy!
From a simple honk on the highway, to an innocent traveler using a stranger’s driveway to turn around, many people seem to have adopted the philosophy, “shoot first, ask questions later.” People seem to be waiting for uninvited guests to cross their paths and they are ready to kill! The state of things are already scary enough, but what happens when a homeowner opens fire on an invited service technician?
Florida residents Bradley and Jana Hocevar were in their Dunedin home when they witnessed an intruder entering their back yard. The couple reportedly called out to the man from inside their house, ordering him to leave their property. When the stranger did not respond, Bradley – a retired lieutenant colonel – reverted to his army training and grabbed an assault rifle.
From his position in the house, crouched behind his couch, Hocevar fired 28 shots at the man in his backyard, later identified as Karl Polek. Luckily, Polek ran after being struck by shrapnel from the first round, avoiding further injury or death by the following 27 rounds.
Citing Florida’s “stand your ground” law, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is calling the incident “lawful but awful.” Never mind the fact that the reason Polek was in the Hocevars’ backyard to begin with was that he works for a company hired by Hocevar to service their swimming pool and Polek was simply there to perform a cleaning service.
Polek is recovering from his injuries.