Man shot af­ter at­tack­ing boss with nail-stud­ded base­ball bat

Busi­ness owner claims self-de­fense; em­ployee ar­rested

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Joe Mario Ped­er­sen

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 about 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, 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. the report

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