Man with Homemade Explosive Device Causes Florida Deputy to Lose 2 Fingers

A Florida deputy is currently hospitalized after losing fingers while tussling with a suspect who was armed with a homemade explosive device.

Polk County deputies responded to a call about a domestic disturbance at a local motel. That’s when Marco Antonio Tolentino, 39, rode up on his bike. Tolentino, who wasn’t involved in the original incident, was approached by police for coming across as evasive and “suspicious.”

According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Tolentino did not have any identification on him and gave the deputy two to three different names. When asked whether he was carrying anything illegal on him, Tolentino lifted his shirt and flashed the homemade explosive device known as a “zip gun”

“I’m sorry to report to you that the deputy has lost two fingers as a result of that, his index finger and his middle finger,” Judd said. “But at the same time, I’m pleased to tell you that he’s alive and well and will come back to work in a short period of time.”

“When pressed together, the device is designed to fire the single projectile,” the sheriff’s office explained in a statement. “The device contained a single spent 12 gauge round (Winchester- 00 buck shot). During a search of Tolentino’s room, additional shotgun rounds of the same nature were located and recovered.”


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