HIALEAH

Police: Hialeah man turns himself in after shooting motel resident

 

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A Hialeah motel attendant was arrested Tuesday after police say he shot a man in the abdomen and then turned himself in.

According to police, Philip De Falco got into a verbal altercation with Roger Tucker outside of the Star Motel, 1651 W Okeechobee Rd. Tucker often hangs out at the motel. The men then began pushing each other and De Falco pulled out a gun from his pants pocket, Hialeah Spokesman Carl Zogby said.

“These two knew each other for years,” said Zogby, who added that Tucker is transient and sometimes sleeps in the motel. “It was a heated argument that turned violent.”

After shooting Tucker, De Falco called police.

“He handed his gun over to police,” Zogby said.

Tucker was taken to Jackson Memorial hospital, where he was recovering from surgery Tuesday afternoon.

De Falco later told police that he shot Tucker in self-defense.

However, surveillance video from the motel told a different story.

“He was not under any serious threat for his life,” Zogby said, adding the detectives were able to see the verbal altercation turn into a “shoving” match.

“This is not self defense of any sort,” Zogby said. “This was not the sort of argument that deadly force was needed.”

De Falco was charged with attempted second degree murder. He is being held on a $15,000 bond.

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