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CPD sergeant stops car by shooting it

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By Jeff M. Hardison

Chiefland Police Sergeant Al Graves Jr. stopped a car that was aimed at his cruiser on Christmas Day by shooting four .45 caliber slugs into it, according to records.

One slug flattened a tire. One went into the trunk. One slug went into the rear quarter panel above the tire and another round shattered the rear window, CPD Chief Robert Douglas said.

Graves was driving the second of two cruisers, which were responding to a call for help in regard to a perceived domestic violence attack.

It was about 20 minutes after midnight when Graves arrived at 309 N.E. Sixth St. -- one minute behind officers Nick Viaggio and Al Horne who had responded in a separate cruiser.

Both vehicles arrived with lights and sirens activated, because the caller believed Robert Lusby, 49, was outside the house. Lusby had threatened Lisa Baker, 39, and her family before, including with a handgun, according to records.

This shooting incident resulted because Lusby allegedly created the circumstances leading to the man who was arrested as well as the manner in which he had to be stopped, according to statements from witnesses and victims.


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