The driver of a Lauderhill Fire Rescue truck asked a judge to keep 41-year-old Jermaine Shennet behind bars.
“I watched this man not shoot at us once, [but] shoot at us multiple times,” said Kiely Selvanik. “I don’t know how you could give this man a bond and let him go back to the streets.”
She was behind the wheel of an ambulance last Friday when Shennet pulled out a pistol and opened fire as she and two other paramedics were responding to a medical emergency.
Surveillance footage showed Shennet dropping his bicycle to the ground and firing off several shots.
Another firefighter told the judge he understands his job comes with some risk but being shot at shouldn’t be one.
“This has caused my family to be at unease,” said Liosdan Diaz, firefighter.
Police arrested Shennet the following Monday and charged him with aggravated assault on an emergency medical provider.
He was back in court Thursday to face an additional charge of possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon.
“I can’t hold him no bond so this is what the bond will be set at. Good luck, sir,” said a judge.
The judge set Shennet’s bond to $150,000.
His alleged victims said releasing him would be a clear and present danger to the community.
“I don’t feel comfortable with him back on the street, and not only the citizens he lives around or the personnel that will protect him, if he ever needs help, will feel comfortable if he’s back on the street,” Selvanik said.
It’s not the first close call for a Lauderhill rescue truck, back in February, someone tried to steal one.
That man managed to get it into reverse, even turned the lights on before a firefighter was able to drag him out.
“As soon as the truck started going backwards, we thought of what could possibly happen if he takes the truck, you know, getting out the gate, that’s a very big truck, not knowing how to maneuver the truck properly,” said Lauderhill firefighter Devitch Nemorin.