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Bail denied for deputy shooting suspect

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The bail that had many scratching their heads for the man accused of opening fire on a sheriff’s deputy was denied Monday morning.

Charged with trying to kill a deputy, 24-year-old Matthew Buendia was quiet Monday morning as he stood in front of a judge, his original bond of just $65,000 at issue.

"Obviously, this weekend we were disappointed when saw that," Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said.

Thanks to an appeal led by Sheriff Gee, bond was revoked, meaning Buendia will sit confined in jail until a pre-trial hearing. Meanwhile, Deputy Lyonelle De Veaux is also confined, to a hospital room.

She underwent surgery to remove a bullet lodged in her shoulder.

"We're dealing it the best we can with the hope that she can completely recover and be the old Lyonelle we know," said Nathaniel Forbes, a friend.

Forbes has known Deputy De Veaux since she was a toddler. She regularly attended the Church of God of Prophecy. He says the entire church family is praying for her.

"Thank God that she's alive and believing and trusting that God brought her out," he said.

Deputy De Veaux could just as easily be gone. Friday night, police say Matthew Buendia shot her three times at close range following a fight with his girlfriend.

He then barricaded himself in his apartment. The entire complex was locked down for hours before authorities finally got him out safely.

The suspected gunman is a retired Marine who served three tours in the Middle East. His family says he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He is charged with four crimes including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.
 

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