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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2024. 1:27 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A police officer and a resident of Punta Gorda Town have each been charged with offenses against each other following a confrontation on Thursday night.

On Saturday, police formally arrested and charged Police Constable Felix Fernandez, 36, for the crime of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Also on Saturday, police formally arrested and charged Richard Valerio, a 43-year-old construction worker of a Punta Gorda Town address, for one count of damage to property.

As with all officer-involved shootings, the Commissioner of Police ordered an internal investigation concurrent with the criminal investigation into this incident.

The two got into an altercation on Thursday night at a basketball game where PC Fernandez alleges Valerio harassed and threatened him and his common-law wife, who happens to be Valerio’s ex-partner. PC Fernandez also claims that Valerio later broke his vehicle’s windshield with a rock and threw the rock he was holding at him. That’s when Fernandez said he pulled his licensed gun and shot Valerio.

 

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