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Records indicate suspect in deputy's shooting had guns, ammunition, gas mask, body armor

TAMPA — The former Marine accused of shooting a Hillsborough County deputy last week before barricading himself in his apartment had guns, ammunition, body armor and a gas mask inside with him, court records state.

According to a search warrant affidavit filed Wednesday, Matthew Buendia, 24, had been drinking "as well as taking an unknown amount of pills" before he shot and wounded Deputy Lyonelle De Veaux as she investigated a domestic violence complaint at his Carrollwood apartment complex.

It's unclear why he had a pistol, rifle, body armor and a gas mask in the apartment's bedrooms. He had served in the Marines until a few years ago.

Family and friends say Buendia suffers from back and knee pain, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder, after three tours of duty in the Middle East.

The affidavit, filed in Hillsborough Circuit Court, provides more details of the Sept. 30 shooting and four-hour standoff.

A 911 call came into the Sheriff's Office about 10:45 p.m. and Deputy De Veaux responded to the Inwood Park Apartment Homes at 4747 W Waters Ave., believing it was a domestic incident.

As De Veaux spoke with Buendia's girlfriend, Jessica Gipson, near the complex's entrance, Buendia approached De Veaux and said he was looking for his dog, the affidavit states.

She told him to step away, but he pulled a gun from his waistband and fired nine rounds, the affidavit states.

De Veaux was hit in her calf, thigh and left shoulder. She radioed for help and Buendia ran inside, deputies said.

Unsure whether Buendia was preparing an ambush, SWAT and crisis management teams tried to persuade him to come out, first with commands on a bullhorn and later with chemical bombs they threw into the apartment's windows.

They eventually sent in a bomb robot, which relayed images of Buendia passed out in a closet in the master bedroom. Authorities went inside about 3:15 a.m.

When deputies searched the apartment, they found a Taurus 9mm pistol, a Winchester rifle and ammunition for both guns, the affidavit states. They also found armor and the gas mask.

De Veaux is still recovering at the hospital, deputies say.

Buendia faces charges of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and domestic violence battery. He remains in jail without bail. His next court hearing was set for Tuesday.

Times staff writer Stephanie Bolling contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or

Records indicate suspect in deputy's shooting had guns, ammunition, gas mask, body armor 10/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 10:02pm]
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