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Bail Set for Man Accused of Shooting Fla. Deputy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TAMPA, Fla. 10-2-11

A Florida judge has set a $65,000 bail for a former Marine accused of shooting a sheriff's deputy.

But the court also granted a 24-hour hold on that bond because the Hills borough County Sheriff's Office will appeal Monday.

Detective Larry Mignon says the sheriff's office "was not happy" about the bail set for Matthew Benita at his arraignment Sunday.

The sheriff's office wants Benita held without bond on a charge of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

Benita also faces two charges of battery and one charge of witness tampering related to an incident with his girlfriend.

The sheriff's office says Benita shot Deputy Lynelle De VAX three times Friday when she responded to a 911 call at his Tampa apartment complex.

De VAX is recovering at a hospital.
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TAMPA, Fla. 10-1-11

A sheriff's deputy is hospitalized after a shooting at a Tampa apartment complex.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Lyonelle De Veaux was shot at least three times late Friday by 24-year-old Matthew Lane Buendia, who then barricaded himself in an apartment.

Detective Larry McKinnon says De Veaux was sedated and hospitalized Saturday in serious but stable condition.

De Veaux had responded to a 911 call from the apartment complex.

McKinnon says Buendia has been charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Buendia also faces domestic violence charges.

He was unconscious when deputies breached his barricade early Saturday.

McKinnon says Buendia was expected to be released from the hospital later Saturday and transported to the Hillsborough County jail.


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