TAMPA — Moments after a judge set bail Sunday morning for a former Marine accused of trying to kill a deputy, an outraged Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee demanded reconsideration.
Matthew Lane Buendia, 24, remains in jail while an appeal is heard this morning.
Buendia was arrested early Saturday at his Carrollwood apartment complex. Authorities say he approached Deputy Lyonelle De Veaux, who had come to investigate a domestic violence call involving him, and shot nine times — striking her three times.
On Sunday, during Buendia's first appearance in court about the case, Judge Cheryl Thomas set a bail for him to get out of Hillsborough County Jail at $65,000. Of that, $25,000 was set for the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer charge.
Gee immediately began the process of asking the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office to file an appeal.
"Our position is that this guy is an extreme danger to the community," said Larry McKinnon, a Sheriff's Office spokesman.
"He made the advancement and the proactive contact, which is basically an ambush. When you fire nine rounds at her and three of them strike her, it's obvious that the intent was to kill the deputy."
In addition to the $25,000 bail on the attempted murder charge, Thomas set another $30,000 bail for domestic violence charges and another $10,000 for witness tampering.
Within hours of the hearing, though, records show another judge — Chet A. Tharpe — had placed a hold on the bail and scheduled a hearing for today.
Buendia has no prior criminal record in Florida. He served three deployments to the Middle East with the Marines before leaving the military a few years ago, his family said.
His father, Richard Buendia of Texas, told Bay News 9 that his son has post-traumatic stress disorder and had been seeing a Veterans Affairs doctor.
Some officials said Sunday that the bail that had been set for him was unusually low.
State Attorney's Office spokesman Mark Cox said the state aimed to persuade the court to issue a high bail or no bail for Buendia.
"There is a lot of case law that has to do with bond," Cox said Sunday. "Most defendants are entitled to bond, but we feel this certainly warrants no bond."
McKinnon noted that previous suspects in the bay area charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer had remained in jail for the duration of their court proceedings.
"This was unprovoked. The deputy had not even responded to him yet," he said. "It was only through the deputy's training, her instinct and the grace of God that we're not planning a funeral right now."
De Veaux, 35, was shot twice in the leg and once in the shoulder. She remained hospitalized Sunday, but was reported to be in good condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
She was being prepared to undergo surgery to remove a bullet that is lodged in her body, McKinnon said.