Lawsuit Filed in Fla. WaveRunner Shooting Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - November 9, 2011 -

A lawsuit has been filed in Miami against the parents of a teenager who fatally shot a man who was trying to steal a WaveRunner from their waterfront property.

The negligence lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks unspecified damages from Jeffrey and Yasmine Davis. Authorities say their 14-year-old son used a shotgun to kill 20-year-old Reynaldo Munoz in May while he tried to steal the WaveRunner from the Davis' dock.

Munoz family attorney Juan Lucas Alvarez says the shooting was
unjustified even if Munoz tried to take the watercraft. Davis
attorney Jeffrey Weiner says Munoz put the family in fear and that
the shooting was justified on their own property.

Police and prosecutors are still investigating the case. No
charges have been filed.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:24 AM
    You have a right to protect your property. They deserve nothing.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    Incorrect. See Florida Statutes 776.013 (3). To be fair to your instructor, he was probably envisioning this type scenario when he told you that. I would rather lose a $10,000 boat than spend $20,000 defending myself in a bogus lawsuit. The law is clear on this, thats why the kid was never charged.
  • by Lil' Devil Location: Miami on Nov 10, 2011 at 03:40 PM
    Unfortunately for the 14 year old kid, the law states (as per my conceal carry class 6 months ago), that unless life is at steak, you can't use deadly force. Having said that, I have a 29" boat on the house. Try to steal it and you will be definitely be shot. If you died, YOU ASKED FOR IT.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:27 AM in reply to Lil' Devil
      In my mind when somebody breaks into your family compound where you 14 yr old son lives and start stealing your stuff, they threatening your life and you or your son should have a right to defend your selves.
  • by Me on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    What if the robber decided " Hey I got the waverunner, maybe I can get more from these people" we don't know that because the 14 yo made up his mind for him, now he's not committing any more crimes. So win-win.
  • by 1stlttightwad Location: Quitman on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    The parents of the shooter should counter sue for legal cost incurred to defend themselves by 10 times..This will stop all of these stupid law suits taken on contingency by ambulance chasing lawyers. The crooks family cannot defend their stupid kids actions so go for the money. Sue them for failure to control their robbing, thieving son.
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      by Lil' Devil on Nov 10, 2011 at 03:42 PM in reply to 1stlttightwad
      Not only that, they should sue the thief's family for undue mental stress and for having forced their 14 year old son to defend WHAT THEY HAVE WORKED FOR. The poor kid already has enough to deal with. IF IT AIN'T YOURS DON'T TAKE IT. IF YOU DO, PAY THE PIPER.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    totally unfair, you should be able to rob someone without fear of bodily harm
  • by chili on Nov 10, 2011 at 03:08 AM
    he was stealing a waverunner, he was not there to cause death or great bodily harm, so there goes your castle defense. and there is a law that parents are to keep guns out of a childs reach. so pay up
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      by God Bless America on Nov 10, 2011 at 02:12 PM in reply to chili
      Do you know that for sure? If he was confonted, do you think he would have hugged and kissed the owners. or maybe try to do body harm so he can escape. Please Chili..wake up!
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      by Lil' Devil on Nov 10, 2011 at 03:31 PM in reply to chili
      you get what you get when u cross the line. The 14 old boy has already enough punishment. His family should sue the dead man's family for putting them in that predicament and for causing mental distress to everyone.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:29 AM in reply to chili
      He was attacking that family. You don't know to what level he was going to take it. They had every right to kill him and defend them selves
  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Nov 9, 2011 at 10:40 PM
    Give that kid a medal.
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      by lee on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:23 AM in reply to ETurnage
      Give him a new gun.
  • by Jake on Nov 9, 2011 at 07:02 PM
    Uh, how did a person so young equate theft with homicide? Just wondering who will graduate to higher degrees.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:32 AM in reply to Jake
      Correction...he equated attack to death. He equated right. He and his family are still alive and the bad guy is dead. He did they right thing.
  • by Chris Location: Tally on Nov 9, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    Yes it is worth it. One less criminal living off the taxpayer. The kid should be given a medal. Once a criminal always a criminal. HIs next crime probably would have been rape or murder. Good riddance. The deceased parents should be brought up on charges of failure to raise their child properly. Also the criminal's parents should pay any for any medical/counseling bills resulting for the trauma the shooter went through because of the attempted robery.
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