If you ever move to South Florida, you’ll soon learn not to mess with the cops, or anyone for that matter, in Martin County.
The 753-square mile county is home to a no-nonsense Sheriff’s Office, staunchly conservative politics and -at least in the case of one local jeweler- people who don’t take kindly to being robbed.
57-year-old jewelry store owner Michael Dacey responded to a theft at his Jensen Beach establishment by firing upon a jewelry thief who threatened to kill one of the store owners and ran off with over $2,550 in rings.
Pushing an employee over in an attempt to make off with the rings, 17-year-old Jakeem McMillian leapt into the passenger seat of a stolen SUV and attempted to take off. One individual attempted to stop them, and appeared to have been dragged a short distance by the vehicle.
Not wanting the bandits to get away as they sped into a congested area after they attacked his business partner, Dacey drew his Glock pistol and opened fire, striking McMillian in the head. The driver -identified as 16-year-old John Clark- abandoned his partner-in-crime and was caught not long after.
According to TCPalm, Clark is facing robbery and grand theft charges, while McMillian is currently in “grave condition” and on life support.
Both teenagers were from Broward County, with their respective towns being around 1.5 hours south of the establishment they attempted to rob.
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder spoke of the case last Thursday, noting that there were no plans to charge Dacey, a retired New York cop who has owned the store since 2012.
“We have no intention, as of now, based on the evidence we have, of making an arrest,” Sheriff William Snyder told WFLA.
One of the teens involved was reportedly involved in another jewelry store theft earlier that morning in unincorporated Port St. Lucie, which is located west of Jensen Beach.
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