Florida man shoots himself showing gun off while in a bar – gets arrested on several charges

PENSACOLA, FL – A 28-year-old man was arrested in Pensacola after allegedly shooting himself by accident while at a bar and showing off his firearm to other patrons.

While the arrest sounds bizarre, authorities say the charges were for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and improper exhibition of a weapon.

This is incident stemming from Pensacola is one of the many reasons why firearms and alcohol are never a good combination.

According to reports, 28-year-old Carlos Feituuaki Tuifua was at the O’Riley’s Uptown Tavern in Pensacola at approximately 11:00 p.m. on July 22nd while chatting it up with a male and female patron next to him.

While sitting with the two patrons, Tuifua reportedly pulled out a handgun and showed it off to the patrons sitting with him.

After a few seconds of showing off the firearm, the Pensacola News Journal reported that Tuifua positioned the firearm “as if he were putting the gun into an invisible holster” below his shoulder and then suddenly shot himself in his torso.

Warren Sonnen, the manager of the O’Riley’s Uptown Tavern, witnessed the whole incident play out, stating that it appeared to be accidental:

I don’t know if he was pretending to be a badass or something. But from what I can tell, it was completely by accident.”

Tuifua wound up leaving the bar on his own and checking himself into a local hospital. On July 23rd, after being released from the hospital, police arrived at Tuifua’s home and placed him under arrest.

Jails records show Tuifua has since been released from the Escambia County Jail after posting a $7,500 bond. 

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In other cases involving suspects in Florida, a man out of Volusia County was recently arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting his foster children. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in July. 

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL – A man who police say sexually abused young girls that he fostered in his home was arrested earlier in July by the Holly Hill Police Department.

Authorities allege that the suspect would molest and abuse his foster kids inside a shed that had an area referred to as the “punishment room”, where at least four victims were abused during his time as a foster parent.

A man identified as Lawrence Henry Williams was arrested on July 22nd in Port Orange under charges of sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation, with police saying that more charges may be coming down the line as the investigation continues.

Four victims were listed in a charging affidavit against Williams, which police say that the four victims all had similar accounts of abuse that involved a shed in the backyard that had three rooms: a game room, a fun room, and a punishment room.

Authorities say that the punishment room was where the sexual abuse occurred.

The victims reportedly told authorities that Williams would tell them to pull down their pants and underwear so he could spank their bare buttocks, which the victims told police that they’d be molested during these encounters.

One of the victims was as young as 8-years-old when Williams first allegedly raped her.

Another one of the victim’s had previously come from a home where her own father and brother molested her, and she told authorities that Williams claimed to be ‘helping her’ when he’d allegedly molest her.

Another of the victim’s told police that Williams would give her an ultimatum while in the punishment room, which was either be spanked or touch him inappropriately.

Williams would allegedly take the victims into the punishment room during the early morning hours prior to anyone else being awake in the home, sit them on a couch and cover both of their laps with a blanket so that if he was caught in the act, the blanket would conceal what he was doing.

The organization that Williams used to be able to foster the young girls in his home claimed to have been hesitant to house the victims with Williams but cited that he’d passed the background check and answered the questionnaires involved in the process accordingly.

This organization also noted that Williams seemed eager and often requested that young white girls be placed in his care.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further details on this developing case.

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In other disturbing cases coming from Florida, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report of a man arrested for allegedly paying a homeless man to attack his girlfriend in a parking garage. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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ORLANDO, FL – Police in Orlando arrested a 35-year-old man they say paid a homeless man $100 to slash his girlfriend in the face in an effort to “send a message.”

The recently released police report also shows that the boyfriend who allegedly commissioned this attack on his girlfriend was at the hospital with her after the was slashed.

At approximately 9:52 p.m. on April 17th, the victim had reportedly parked her vehicle at a parking garage within the 100 block of South Orange Avenue and had opened her driver’s side door, but briefly turned over to grab her purse.

As the victim was doing this, an unknown Hispanic male had launched an attack on the woman, slashing her in the face with some sort of bladed object.

The police report noted the victim suffered “two lacerations to her face, one to the left side of her nose and another laceration from the left side of her cheek to the left ear.”

The officer who arrived on the scene after the attack, identified as Officer Juarbe in the report, noted the following while examining the crime scene:

“Upon walking the crime scene, I observed the victim’s vehicle parked [redacted]. There was a significant amount of blood around the driver’s portion of the vehicle. I also observed a trail of blood leading to the elevator, which was consistent with the victim running to her place of work.”

The victim told authorities that she didn’t recognize who attacked her, nor did the attacker say anything while cutting her face.

When Officer Juarbe was speaking with the victim inside of the hospital while she was being treated, she was accompanied by her boyfriend, identified as Alexis Colon Colon, who proclaimed to have been at home when the incident happened.

During the course of the investigation, security footage obtained from the parking garage where the incident transpired showed a light colored Toyota Prius that had entered the parking garage shortly before the attack and then left the garage shortly after the incident.

Further investigation uncovered footage obtained from street cameras that showed this Toyota Prius following the victim’s vehicle prior to the attack.

Investigators conducted a follow up interview with the victim three days after the attack, and outside of learning that there was a history of domestic violence between her and Colon Colon, the victim mentioned that she remembered Colon Colon having access to a Toyota Prius by way of a tow yard that was located on Ferguson drive.

When investigators tracked down this tow yard, they happened to find this Toyota Prius, which eventually led them to a witness who proclaimed to have had a conversation with Colon Colon inside a vehicle where he’d asked him if he knew anyone who could “hurt” a woman who had upset him.

Alexis Colon Colon - Orlando Police Department
Alexis Colon Colon – Orlando Police Department

This witness reportedly told Colon Colon that he didn’t know of anyone that would do something like that, but informed investigators that Colon Colon picked up a “homeless Spanish male” where he observed Colon Colon make the same proposition to.

The witness proclaimed that Colon Colon paid the vagrant $100 on April 15th after coming to an agreement that this homeless man would attack a woman who works in the Downton Orlando area, driving the vagrant to the specific parking lot where the attack would occur two days later.

Colon Colon was later arrested in early May, having been charged with criminal attempted felony and burglary with a deadly weapon. He’s currently being held without bond at the Orange County Jail.

Authorities have yet to track down the vagrant who allegedly carried out the attack.

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