Escambia County Deputies Injured in Shooting
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Administrator LEO Affairs Chief MOD 1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006

    Escambia County Deputies Injured in Shooting


    An Escambia County deputy was fighting for his life late Friday, after a close-range gunfight with a Mississippi man in the living room of a suburban Pensacola home.

    Deputy Jeremy Cassidy underwent surgery Friday afternoon and again Friday night at Sacred Heart Hospital. He was in critical condition.

    Two of his fellow deputies also were wounded when they responded to a domestic violence call at 8083 Baywind Cricle, off Scenic Highway, north of Interstate 10. Deputies Chad Brown and Sam Parker were treated and released from Sacred Heart on Friday afternoon.

    Philip Martin Monier, 47, of Horn Lake, Miss., opened fire on the deputies immediately after they entered the house, Sheriff David Morgan said. Injured by return fire, he was in fair condition at Baptist Hospital on Friday night.

    Monier faces multiple charges, including home invasion, domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon.

    Also wounded by multiple gunshots was Jackie Rosenbloom, 45, who was in the home and is believed to be Monier’s ex-girlfriend or wife. She was in fair condition at Sacred Heart.

    Morgan described harrowing events that began with a desperate 911 call from Rosenbloom that a man was trying to kick in her front door.

    Before the siege ended, Monier had dragged Rosenbloom into the bathroom and turned on the bath water. Soon, the house was flooded in water and blood, the sheriff said.

    Rosenbloom was carried from the house by Sgt. Ted Roy after she crawled from the bathroom where she’d been barricaded with Monier. Roy said it appeared she had been shot in both legs.

    “She was so darned bloody and scared,” Morgan said. “She was in excruciating pain.”

    Morgan called Deputy Josh Hendershott “a hero.” He said Hendershott entered the home after hearing the shots involving the three deputies, without knowing where the gunman was located, and pulled Cassidy outside.

    The sheriff said Monier “looked like a biker” with a bandanna around his head.

    “He had a do-rag. He was heavy-set,” he said. “He was unkempt.”

    Monier has a criminal record in Mississippi and Tennessee, according to court records.

    In 1993, he was sentenced to six years in prison for drug charges in Shelby County, Tenn. And in 2006, he was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in DeSoto County, Miss. He was sentenced to 33 days in prison.

    Tension accelerates

    Rosenbloom’s call that the assailant was kicking in the door came in at 10:06 a.m.

    Deputies arrived at 10:17, and at 10:22, when they heard screaming inside, they forced their way into the home.

    At 10:27, a call came into dispatch that an officer was down. Less then a minute later, the call came that multiple officers were down. And a minute later, the SWAT team was dispatched.

    Morgan said Monier was standing behind Rosenbloom with his hand on her shoulder, using her as a shield, when deputies entered. He began firing right away.

    “They, in an attempt to defend themselves, drew their weapons and returned fire,” Morgan said.

    Morgan said all the shooting happened in the front room.

    After the shots, Monier retreated into the bathroom, still using Rosenbloom as a shield. He then held Rosenbloom hostage in the bathtub.

    By that time, the SWAT team was in place.

    At 11:03, a SWAT negotiator talked Monier out of the bathroom. He tossed his gun in the toilet.

    “Once he dropped the gun, we just rushed him,” Roy said.

    Morgan said he was not positive of the relationship between Monier and Rosenbloom.

    “We assume it was husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriend,” he said. “That sort of relationship that had been broken off, and there was conflict between the two.”

    He said no one else was in the house.

    Morgan would not discuss how many shots were fired or where they landed, saying those matters are under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He could not say whether any of the deputies’ bullets hit Rosenbloom. He said one deputy was shot under his protective vest.

    Quick response

    The shooting prompted law enforcement officers in the two-county area to race to the scene.

    A staging area was set up at the BP station near Scenic Highway and Northpointe Parkway.

    The road in front of the station was blocked off and quickly filled up with at least 40 law enforcement and SWAT vehicles.

    Along with the Sheriff’s Department, the Pensacola Police Department, the FDLE, the FBI and the Florida Highway Patrol responded. Chrystal Sigler of Pace looked on from the parking lot at the BP station.

    Sigler said she was not surprised to hear that a shooting and hostage situation happened in Pensacola.

    “It used to be shocking, but not anymore,” she said.

    Morgan said the FDLE is now conducting an investigation into the shooting, as is routine in officer-involved shootings.

    Friday’s shootings brings to five the number of Escambia deputies shot or shot at in the last month.

    “We live in a violent world and a violent society,” Morgan said. “Violence is down, but the flagrant use of firearms has been up.”

    News Journal reporter Kris Wernowsky contributed to this story.

    SHOOTING SCENE: Pictures from the scene where three deputies and a hostage were shot.

    Sheriff David Morgan said in a news conference that the incident stemmed from an apparent domestic violence incident.

    Morgan said Monier fired at deputies when they responded to the house.

    Deputies returned fire and Monier took Rosenbloom hostage and retreated into the bathroom.

    At 11:03, after a brief negotiation, a hostage negotiator convinced the suspect to put his gun down and SWAT entered the bathroom, secured the woman and arrested Monier.

    Neighbors who live immediately next door to the house were escorted by officers to another neighbor's house.

    Baybrook resident John LeGrand, who lives two houses away, said he went to take his dogs out for a walk at about 10 a.m. this morning when he saw police cars pulling up.

    "One, two, three. They started pulling up like crazy."

    LeGrand asked an officer what was going on, and the officer told him it was a home invasion.

    LeGrand said the officers began walking down the street up to the house with their guns out.

    He saw a young girl sitting in the driveway of the house with a baby. She then came running down the street with the baby saying, "Oh God, oh God, this is terrible."

    LeGrand asked the girl what was wrong and she said, "My mother's boyfriend is in the house, and he's threatening to kill everyone." He asked if he could help the girl, but she was too hysterical. A nearby law enforcement officer put the girl and the baby into his patrol car.

    By this time, LeGrand said 25 to 30 law enforcement cars were piling up in the street.

    "I just couldn't count them anymore," he said. "Everyone was getting out with their guns drawn."

    Gov. Charlie Crist, who was in town for a campaign event, visited the wounded deputies at the hospital.

    Baybrook Homeowners Association President Stuart Brown has lived in the Baybrook subdivision for eight years. Brown says there has been nothing more than occasional car and home break-ins in the neighborhood.

    "Things like that just don't happen in this neighborhood," he said.

    There are about 130 lots in the subdivision and about 10 percent of the homes are rentals, he said. He didn't know the people who live in the house.

    Today's shootings brings to five the number of Escambia deputies shot or shot at in the last month.

    On Sept. 29, a deputy was shot at the Motel 6 on Pensacola Boulevard while investigating a missing persons complaint. He was treated and released two days later.

    On Oct. 14, a deputy was fired at on a porch in Brownsville. He did not return fire. The woman who shot at him was taken into custody.
    Mod 1


    Terms Of Use

    The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a
    courthouse is this: You cannot post "Thou Shalt Not Steal," "Thou Shalt
    Not Commit Adultery," and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of
    lawyers, judges and politicians...It creates a hostile work environment.

  2. #2

    Re: Escambia County Deputies Injured in Shooting

    I hope all the Deputies make it.

  3. #3

    Re: Escambia County Deputies Injured in Shooting

    PNJ Article 11/1/10

    Jeremy Cassady followed in the footsteps of his father, Henry.

    The elder Cassady retired from the Pensacola Police Department in 1998 after a 36-year career. He spent six more years with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, retiring for good in 2008.

    Four years ago, Cassady's only son put on an Escambia County deputy's uniform and became what he always had wanted to be: like his father. Before that, he'd worked in construction, on offshore rigs and finally at a Pace cell phone retailer.

    But law enforcement called, so he entered rookie school.

    "That was really what he wanted to do in life. And I think a person, if he's not happy in what he's doing for a living, it's a miserable time for him," Henry Cassady said.

    On Friday, four days after being reassigned from courthouse bailiff duty to a patrol shift, Jeremy and two deputies responded to a domestic violence call at a Baywind Drive home, just off Scenic Highway, north of Interstate 10.

    As they entered the house, Philip Monier, 47, of Mississippi opened fire, hitting all three deputies, the Sheriff's Office said.

    Jeremy was hit first, and his injuries were the most severe. He remained in critical condition Sunday night at Sacred Heart Hospital. Deputies Chad Brown and Sam Parker were treated and released from the hospital the day of the shooting.

    "I was up there for 40 years," Henry Cassady said. "I've never been hit. I've been shot at several times. I've been in bar fights, knife fights and everything else, but I never got hit. He's been out there four years and gets blown away just about."

    Now, following two surgeries, the 36-year-old deputy and husband is in a drug-induced coma. His life is sustained by tubes and machines.

    "We're all really concerned about Jeremy, and last night was really bad," his father said, seated on a metal chair in the Sacred Heart Hospital courtyard. "Today it's a little better. He looks a little better. The doctors feel like maybe he's on his way back to us. We're hoping that's right."
    But Henry Cassady's wife, a retired nurse from West Florida Hospital's cancer center, has stressed to her husband that every day is fraught with unknowns.

    "In the medical profession, today can be really good and tomorrow he can be gone," Cassady said.

    A playful child
    Jeremy is the youngest of three children.

    His oldest sister is a physician's assistant at West Florida Hospital, and his other sister is the principal at East Milton Elementary School.

    "He's the baby of the family," Henry Cassady said.

    Henry Cassady said that even as a young child, his son always was jovial. As he grew up, he became something of a prankster. His father believes it's that down-to-earth quality that makes him a good deputy.

    "He was able to work with people and he understood the basics of the job because he was around it all of his life," he said. "He was very happy."

    The Pace High School graduate never played sports. He was interested in hunting and fishing.

    Two years ago, he married his
    wife, Chassidy. She works part time at a Navarre dental office while attending classes. The two don't have children.

    Jeremy turned 36 on Thursday, the day before he was shot.

    "Everybody that he knew liked him," his father said. "He had a pleasant personality and was just a likable person."

    This is evidenced by the constant stream of well-wishers, deputies, family, friends, politicians, judges and strangers who have visited the hospital since Friday in support of the weary Cassady family.

    "Everybody in this whole community in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties has been concerned about this situation," Henry Cassady said.

    Victim in fair condition
    Jackie Rosenbloom, 45, who placed the 911 call, is the mother of two daughters, including a 10-year-old and an older one who has a child of her own.

    Rosenbloom's mother, Judy Rosenbloom of Southaven, Miss., said Monier and her daughter had a brief relationship seven years ago when both lived in Mississippi, and Monier had developed an obsession with her.

    She was shot five times, including in both knees and her upper body. She remained in fair condition at Sacred Heart on Sunday.

    When deputies came inside, Monier was in the living room, standing behind Rosenbloom, and immediately opened fire, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said. The gunfight was at close range, he said.

    "The suspect had a female he was using as a shield more or less," Henry Cassady said. "He was holding her out in front of him and from what I understand, he fired around her."

    Before the siege ended, Monier dragged Rosenbloom into the bathroom and turned on the bathwater. Soon, the house was flooded in water and blood, Morgan said.

    Sgt. Ted Roy and Sgt. Steve Schaff, members of the SWAT team that responded to the home, carried Rosenbloom to safety after she crawled from the bathroom. Monier surrendered, tossing his gun in the toilet.

    Risks understood
    Henry Cassady said he never had any reservations about his son following in his footsteps to become a law enforcement officer. He understood the inherent risks and the potential for something like this to happen.

    "It's like a race car driver," he said. "He wants to win the race, but at the same time he realizes you might spin out and get killed."

    He stressed that violence is not something that happens every day, but he struggled to think of why someone would do something so callous and so brazen.

    "There are people out there who have no regard for human life at all. It's an unfortunate circumstance, but it's true. In law enforcement, these things are going to happen," he said. He cleared his throat and turned his head.

    "I just wish it hadn't happened to my family."

  4. #4

    Re: Escambia County Deputies Injured in Shooting

    Jackson County Blood Drive for Dep Cassady

    The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a blood drive to replenish the blood used to sustain his life during surgery. The blood mobile will be located at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday November 3rd from 7am until 1pm and then at Evangel Worship Center located at 2645 Pebble Hill Road in Marianna, Florida starting at 4pm. Both O negative and O positive blood types are preferred but all donors will be accepted. For those who are unable to go to either location they can make a blood donation at the Southeastern Community Blood Center located at 2503 Commercial Park Drive in Marianna, Florida from 1pm until 3pm.

    Thank you in advance for helping this officer and his family.

  5. #5

    Re: Escambia County Deputies Injured in Shooting

    PNJ article - click link for full story

    Escambia County Deputy Jeremy Cassady remained in critical condition but showed signs of improvement Monday, three days after he was shot while responding to a domestic violence call.

    The Sheriff's Office is hosting a candlelight prayer vigil for Cassady at 7:30 tonight at Seville Square in downtown Pensacola.

    Cassady, 36, has been in a medically induced coma at Sacred Heart Hospital since undergoing emergency surgeries Friday and Saturday.

    After another surgery Monday morning, family members said Cassady showed promising signs.

    "He did open his eyes and look at me and turn his head a little bit," said Henry Cassady, the wounded deputy's father.

    Henry Cassady said surgeons were pleased with the outcome of the latest surgery, and they hope to begin weaning the deputy off the coma-inducing drugs by today.

    "He has a long way to go ... but we feel relieved today," Henry Cassady said.

    Cassady's family members said they have received an outpouring of support from the community since the shooting.

    Sacred Heart Hospital spokesman Mike Burke said "large numbers of visitors" kept vigil at the hospital this weekend, and local blood banks reported a surge of donors wishing to give blood in Cassady's honor.

    "It's a wonderful feeling," Henry Cassady said. "When you have people in the community that step up as a whole ... it makes you feel good to know that in a crisis you've got this kind of support."

    Sheriff's Office officials said a benefit fund has been established to assist the Cassady family.
    Donations can be made to the "Benefit Account for Jeremy Cassady" at any Gulf Coast Community Bank location.

  6. #6

    Re: Escambia County Deputies Injured in Shooting

    Henry Cassady meets each day with gratefulness toward a community that stands firmly by his wounded son.

    More than two weeks after being shot during a home invasion, Cassady's son, Escambia County sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Cassady, remains hospitalized.

    He's out of Sacred Heart Hospital's intensive care unit, where he was in critical condition for days. His condition has been upgraded to fair.

    "The doctors are all telling us that he shouldn't have survived," said Henry Cassady, a retired Pensacola police officer. "We realize we have a long road to travel, but at least he's able to travel it with us now."

    Deputy Cassady, 36, had both kidneys removed after the shooting. As his condition improves, a kidney transplant may be a consideration.

    "It may be six months before we get to that point, but that is the reality," his father said.
    Deputy Cassady was wounded Oct. 29, when he and two other deputies — Sam Parker and Chad Brown — were shot during a gunfight with a man who had burst into his former girlfriend's home in the North Pointe neighborhood off Scenic Highway.

    Henry Cassady said his son is suffering depression and doesn't speak much about the shooting.
    Visitors are limited because he is susceptible to infection.

    "His mind is clear. He doesn't want to talk about a lot of things that happened," his father said. "The law enforcement mentality is to wait for the (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) investigation to be done."

    In the dark days that followed Deputy Cassady's shooting, and the hours and weeks spent at his bedside, the family has taken solace in a Pensacola-area community that offered up free hotel rooms, food, blood donations and comfort.

    "The hospital, the Sheriff's Office and the Pensacola Police Department have all just been unreal in supporting this cause," his father said. "The people in the community have bent over backward for this boy."

    The Sheriff's Office established the Jeremy Cassady Benefit Fund to help the family pay expenses beyond what Cassady's insurance and worker's compensation will cover.

    "For the past three weeks, his wife has been at the hospital every day," Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Melissa Aiken Rawson said. "It's for long-term care. If she needs to make adjustments to her house to accommodate him, she can do that. If she's got to get a shower seat, she can get a shower seat."

    Cassady's wife, Chassady, has worked at Bamboo Willie's on Pensacola Beach for more than five years. Her bosses will donate the proceeds from the restaurant's annual chili cook-off on Dec. 11 to the fund.

    "I think we'll get enough people behind it and raise some money for a good cause," general manager Robert Gleim said.

    Milton Police Officer James Conkell, who's a good friend of Cassady's, and Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Deputy Roman Jackson created a bumper sticker with Cassady's badge number and two Bible quotes.

    In 2004, Jackson and a fellow deputy were shot when a bogus burglary call turned into an ambush. The shooter killed himself after a standoff with deputies.

    "A lot of people showed me so much support when I was hurt. Support helps heal you," Jackson said. "That's why we did what we did."

    So far they've limited their sales to friends of the officers on their Facebook pages. Conkell said he hopes to have more printed for the general public in the coming days. To date, they've sold more than 300 stickers and will donate the money to the Cassady fund.

    "We don't talk to each other all of the time, but when something happens in law enforcement communities, we all just support each other," Conkell said. "To see the support from the community, it really touches your heart."

  7. #7
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2011

    Re: Escambia County Deputies Injured in Shooting

    I have been looking for this topic for a long time, thank you so much


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts