A Florida business owner shot a former employee in what he claims was self defense after the employee attacked him with a nail-spiked baseball bat.
The employee was later arrested on Christmas day in Vero Beach, according to a report by TC Palm.
Matthew Thomas Shaler, 38, of Vero Beach was arrested around 8 a.m. Wednesday and faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felony armed trespassing, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
The business owner of a local flooring store told deputies that Shaler came to the storefront on Dec. 18 dressed in a mask and armed with a bat modified with 10 long metal nails sticking out from different angles, TC Palm reported.
The business owner grabbed a shotgun and fired the gun once at the ground, and again before Shaler began laughing and attempted to open the office door, the report showed.
The owner fired his weapon a third time and shot Shaler in the leg. Shaler crawled away from the incident.
When deputies confronted Shaler about the situation, Shaler said it was all a joke and that he arrived at the storefront to thank his boss, but he wouldn’t tell deputies what it was that he was trying to thank his boss for, TC Palm reported.
Shaler was released from Indian River County Jail after paying a $35,000 bond, records show.
Read TC Palm’s report here.
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