The suspect in a chase and shooting in Boward faces five new charges on top of two other charges that led to Wednesday’s drama.
Michael Mainolfi and a deputy were released from the hospital on Wednesday night. Mainolfi was shot in the arm. The deputy was hurt when he was hit by Mainolfi’s car, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The deputy hasn’t been identified.
Mainolfi, 51, of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing with injury and/or damage, reckless driving, resisting an officer with violence, and driving with a driver’s license expired over six months.
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said one of his deputies spotted Mainolfi, wanted on petit theft and aggravated fleeing charges from May, in the parking lot of Dolphin Harbor Inn, a modest Lauderdale-by-the-Sea hotel. Once Mainolfi got into his Ford Focus, the deputy used his car to block Mainolfi’s way out of the parking lot.
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Israel said Mainolfi reopened the way by backing his Focus into the deputy’s car and the deputy. That’s when the deputy opened fire, Israel said.
Mainolfi, 51, wheeled away, BSO cars in pursuit. He is accused of hitting two cars in front of Holy Cross Hospital before being apprehended.
In May, a woman whose purse was snatched while she was in line at an Oakland Park Publix (she lost $100 and her concealed weapons permit) gave BSO a description that matched Mainolfi and girlfriend Victoria Zapinsky. They ran from Publix, leaving Zapinsky’s Ford Focus in the parking lot. BSO picked up Zapinsky while a deputy waited for Mainolfi to return to the car. Just after midnight, Mainolfi did.
The deputy says he cut off a parking lot exit with his unmarked Dodge Charger. When Mainolfi approached, he got out with “Stop Police.” The deputy wrote Mainolfi jammed the Focus into reverse and stood on the gas while trying to turn. That led to a crash into the curb. Mainolfi zoomed out another exit and down Commercial Boulevard.