Man tried to rob bank with fishing gaff

Snyder says the deputy shot Bellafiore multiple times, and then emergency crews rushed him to the hospital.

(CNN) – A bizarre botched burglary wound up in gunfire at this chase bank in Jensen beach. Sheriff William Snyder, from Martin County, FL, explained, “Our deputy gets out. He’s got a Freddy Krueger-type suspect with an object in his hand coming at him and the deputy clearly felt that his life was in jeopardy.

Snyder says the bank reported the burglary in progress early Monday morning. He says the responding deputy was shocked by the mask and the gigantic fishing pole and then, Snyder says, the suspect attacked, “He went after the deputy with the gaff, and then the shots were fired.”

Snyder says that the man behind the mask was 46-year-old Gerard Bellafiore. Snyder says not only did he use the gaff to cut open the night deposit box, but he also had a flashlight attached to the end of the stick to get a better look inside.

Snyder says Bellafiore has a lengthy criminal history, and he’s gotten crafty over the years, “This is not the first time. This is the first time he picked a bank in Martin County. I would imagine it will be the last time he picks a bank in this county.”

Snyder says the deputy shot Bellafiore multiple times, and then emergency crews rushed him to the hospital. The deputy was uninjured in the shooting.

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