Retired South Florida firefighter shoots up AT&T utility trucks outside Hialeah home

Posted at 7:47 AM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 12:13:48-04

A former Miami-Dade firefighter was arrested Wednesday after video showed him shooting at two AT&T utility trucks while two workers were wiring cables outside his home in Hialeah, police said.

Cellphone video recorded by one of the workers shows the gunman, Jorge Jove, walking toward the trucks and firing several shots, blowing out the trucks' tires.

Jove reloaded his weapon several times, police said.


Moments later, officers arrived at the home off Southeast Fifth Place and Sixth Avenue near Okeechobee Road.

The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. as the two AT&T workers changed fiber cables in the neighborhood.

Hialeah Det. Carl Zogby said the 64-year-old gunman was upset the utility trucks were parked in front of his driveway. 

One of the workers was still hoisted above in the bucket truck as Jove fired the shots, video showed. The two men were not injured in the shooting. 

"Thank God my son is OK," Olga Ramos, one of the worker's mother, said. "They weren't doing anything wrong. They were just doing their job." 

Jove was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and felony vandalism. He later bonded out of jail Wednesday evening. He said nothing to reporters as he left jail.

"He just lost his mind for a moment. We don't know what the deal is with him," said Zogby. "Now, as part of the investigation, we're going to find out if he's got any history what his problem is. But, this was totally uncalled for." 

Jove is a retired Miami-Dade firefighter, who worked with the department for 34 years. 

Photos from the scene revealed bullet holes in the utility truck. AT&T released a statement regarding the incident: 

"We're grateful nobody was hurt, and we're working with law enforcement in their investigation."




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