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Police in Hillsborough County, Fla., have charged a former Marine with attempted

murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm after they say he “essentially

ambushed” a deputy responding to a domestic violence call.  Hillsborough County

Deputy Lyonelle de Veaux, 35, was in serious but stable condition today, allegedly

shot three times at point-blank range by former Marine Matthew Buendia.  The

incident occurred Friday night, after de Veaux responded to a 911 call from Buendia’s

apartment and was met by the former Marine’s girlfriend at the entrance to the

complex. As the deputy was helping the 28-year-old woman into the police car, Bue-

ndia allegedly approached her with a gun under his coat, pulled it out and shot her

at least three times.  The deputy was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but she was hit in

unprotected areas.  “She was hit three times. There were at least three times that

many rounds that were fired near her car,” Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee

said. “Essentially, she was ambushed within 4 or 5 feet of her car at almost point-

blank range.  “She did a really good job of being able to protect herself at the time

and not take a more devastating hit than she did,” he said. “She followed a really

good training methodology, and I think that’s what helped her survive.”  Buendia

then barricaded himself in his apartment and held police in a standoff for nearly

five hours, until deputies broke through the door with an explosive charge, and

then sent a bomb robot into the apartment. Buendia was found unconscious in a

closet.  He was taken to Tampa General Hospital to be examined, and when he is

released will be taken to the county jail.  The suspect’s brother, Zach Buendia said

his brother suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome.  “He’s an excellent per-

son. This is not like him at all.,” said Buendia. “We’ve tried to get him help, but

the VA couldn’t give him the help he needed.”  His uncle, Bob Buendia, said he ser-

ved in Iraq and also said he had PTSD.  “I know he had been going to the VA hos-

pital quite a bit, and they’d been putting him off, putting him off,” Bob Buendia

said. “He’d been getting frustrated.”

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