Thursday, July 29, 2010

Police shoot dad after he shoots mom; daughter forced to make police call (Deltona, Florida)

Abusive dads like CLAYTON GONSALVES are not only a menace to their families, but to law enforcement and society as a whole. This jerk shot his wife in the arm, which forced their daughter (age not given) to contact the police. Then Daddy Dearest did the daddy drama police standoff thing, which resulted in Daddy getting shot by the police SWAT team, just so they could end the "domestic dispute." (Why does the press refer to an armed @$$hole attacking people who happen to be family members as a "domestic dispute"? If a stranger broke into your home, held you at gun point, and shot you in the arm, would we call it a "non-domestic dispute"? Of course not. This is just another way of trivializing domestic violence. )

Notice that this guy was apparently advancing on the SWAT team and refusing orders to drop his weapon when he was shot. In fact, he was pointing his weapon at deputies. So this was definitely not a little family "quarrel." This is a guy who is a dangerous criminal. Period. It's just that his victims of choice (at least in this case) were initially family members.

Deputies shoot Deltona man at domestic violence call
By JAY STAPLETON, Staff Reports
July 28, 2010 5:08 PM Posted in: News Gonsalves

Sheriff's deputies shot a Deltona man today in an attempt to end a domestic dispute that started with the man shooting his wife in the arm.

Deputies said the short standoff ended when Clayton Gonsalves, 48 was hit at least once and was airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for treatment, said Gary Davidson, public information officer for the Volusia County Sheriff's Office..

His wife, Sislyn, 45, was taken to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City for treatment of a gunshot wound to the arm. Gonsalves appeared to be in serious condition, said a spokesman for EVAC Ambulance, while the wife's condition was listed as stable.

Deputies were called to the home at 2820 Lake Helen Osteen Road by a 9-1-1 call at 4:43 p.m., said Davidson. The caller hung up so deputies called back and spoke with a female who said her father had just shot her mother.

Deputies attempted to resolve the conflict but Gonsalves walked to the backyard of his home, then emerged and fired one round into the air.

The neighborhood was cordoned for the safety of nearby residents. Crisis negotiators tried to talk to Gonsalves. When the SWAT team moved in to replace patrol units, Gonsalves emerged and advanced on the SWAT team, ignoring demands to drop his weapon. When he pointed the weapon at the deputies, they "fired to protect themselves," said Davidson.

The deputies involved in the shooting have been identified as Tom Dane, 46, 22-year veteran with the Sheriff's Office, and Sgt. Vidal Mejias, 35, a 15-year veteran with the Sheriff's Office.

As is customary in officer-related shootings, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be brought in to investigate.