Crime

Man shot with own gun while defending turtle’s nest

While guarding a turtle’s nest, Tamarac’s Stan Pannaman got shot with his own gun Friday night.

Michael McAuliffe, 38, faces two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, one count each for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and battery on a person 65 or older. The most recent of McAuliffe’s three felony convictions included two counts of battery on a person 65 or older.

According to Broward Sheriff’s Office, the 72-year-old Pannaman and Fort Lauderdale’s Doug Young, 77, both members of the South Florida Audubon Society went to the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea beach to watch over a turtle egg nest. They encountered McAuliffe and a confrontation ensued.

BSO says McAuliffe struck Young, prompting Pannaman to pull out his gun. McAuliffe relieved Pannaman of the gun. After wondering whether or not the gun was real, BSO says, McAuliffe fired into Pannaman’s abdomen. McAuliffe waited for law enforcement to arrive as Pannaman was taken to Broward Health.

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