Douglas Romeo was helping his girlfriend Tiffany Simo delivery newspapers early in the morning in West Lake Cannon Terrace, Florida, when they noticed a vehicle following behind them.
According to police reports, the vehicle, driven by 23-year-old Brian Scott Dickey, stayed behind the carriers for a short period of time. The carriers stopped to prepare a few more newspapers for delivery when they heard four pops, which they at first thought were firecrackers, but now realize were gun shots.
Before Simo and Romeo realized what was going on, Dickey was at the driver’s side banging on the window with the gun and pointing it at them demanding they open the door.
Romeo possessed a valid State of Florida Concealed Weapons Permit and he kept a gun in the lockbox of the car.
Feeling threatened by the man at the window with a gun, who was at this point yelling and making demands, Romeo reached for his gun and told the man repeatedly to backdown. When he did not, Romeo shot the armed Dickey through the window 3 times.
All 3 shots hit, two under the collar bone and one grazing his arm, but none were life threatening.
But being injured Dickey rode off in his car, while the newspaper deliveryman called 911 to explain what happened to police.
After interviewing other residents at the home, it was determined that Dickey had consumed a large amount of alcohol earlier in the evening. He got into a verbal argument with his girlfriend and she contacted Dickey’s brother to come and intervene.
When Dickey’s brother arrived at the home, they argued and it escalated. The brother left the home and Dickey got his .380 Bersa and drove off to locate his brother. He followed a vehicle, which he thought was his brother’s vehicle, onto West Lake Cannon Terrace. This vehicle turned out to be the vehicle of the victims, Simo and Romeo.
Chief Gary Hester said that there are no plans to charge Romeo, saying,
“This guy got much more than he bargained for. These victims feared for their lives and did exactly what they needed to do. This could have turned out so much worse than it did.”
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