Published On: Wed, Apr 2nd, 2014

Deputy Shoots Man Caught Having sex in his Pool

By Jason Schwartz

An off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy shot a 49-year-old man he caught having sex with a woman in the pool of his West Boca apartment complex Saturday.

Deputy Alex Alfonso, who lives in the Reflections of Boca Del Mar, confronted Tony Ribeiro and a woman he said were engaged in a sex act just before 12:30 a.m. and told them to leave the pool area, according to a report by the Palm Beach County’s Sheriff’s Office.

The angry man then returned to the scene in a threatening manner and Alfonso shot him, authorities said.

The deputy identified himself as a law enforcement official and asked the amorous couple, who did not live in the housing complex, to leave the Reflections at Boca Del Mar complex’s private pool, investigators said.

The couple reluctantly complied, but a short time later the boyfriend returned and approached the deputy in a threatening manner as he was sitting in a lounge chair by the pool, according to the report.

The two men got into a dispute, which escalated when the suspect allegedly tried to hit the deputy with a bottle of Pinot Noir, authorities said.

That is when Alfonso pulled out his gun and fired, striking Ribeiro.

Ribeiro was taken to Delray Medical Center, where he underwent surgery.

Alfonso has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, which is standard protocol.

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