“While guarding a turtle’s nest, Tamarac’s Stan Pannaman got shot with his own gun Friday night,” miamiherald.com reports. Nope. This isn’t a story about a negligent discharge. Well, actually, it may be. You be the judge. “According to Broward Sheriff’s Office, the 72-year-old Pannaman and Fort Lauderdale’s Doug Young, 77, both members of the South Florida Audubon Society, went to the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea beach to watch over a turtle egg nest. They encountered Michael McAuliffe [above] and a confrontation ensued.” Keep in mind that McAuliffe is 38-yeards-old with a rap sheet for . . .
beating-up old people: “The most recent of McAuliffe’s three felony convictions included two counts of battery on a person 65 or older.” Not to mention a misdemeanor conviction for indecent exposure.
OK. Got the picture? Two nature-loving septuagenarians hit the beach at night to guard a turtle’s nest. They bump into a convicted felon with a tendency to beat up old folks and show people his private parts. And then, according to sun-sentinel.com . . .
“There was a man sitting on a bench at the entrance of the beach who was giving off profanity,” said Young, 64, of Tamarac. “He got up and went toward one of the nests and very aggressively started pulling the stakes out.”
According to the Sheriff’s Office, McAuliffe hit Young and then Pannaman pulled out a gun.
“In an attempt to de-escalate the situation, Pannaman pulled a gun out of his pocket,” a sheriff’s statement said. McAuliffe, undeterred, took the gun away from Pannaman, the agency said.
Young told the Sun Sentinel that Pannaman pointed the gun at the man as he explained that disrupting a sea turtle nest is a felony and he’d better stop.
Young said that Pannaman had put the gun back in his pocket. But then McAuliffe approached Young and hit him. The trio began wrestling, he said. And then McAuliffe had the gun.
“He said, ‘I’m going to shoot,'” Young said.
Pannaman turned quickly enough that the bullet hit him in the left hip, Young said. “The guy freaked out when he saw the wound,” Young said, recalling McAuliffe throwing the gun into the sand. “He was saying, ‘I can’t believe I did this. I can’t believe I did this.'”
The fact that Mr. McAuliffe announced his intention to shoot is the clearest example of premeditation as you’re ever going to get. And yet McAuliffe’ incredulity and decision to wait for the police to show up tells us something. I have no idea what.
Let’s just say the turtle antagonist is bound to have some time to write about his experiences, what with being charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, one count each for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and battery on a person 65 or older. Again.