TSA officers charged in hotel trashing

March 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM
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MIAMI, March 29 (UPI) -- Two Transportation Security Administration officers allegedly trashed their Miami hotel room Tuesday and fired six shots out the window, police said.

Jeffrey Piccolella and Nicholas Puccio, both of Palm Beach County, were arrested and charged with criminal mischief and use of a firearm while under the influence.

The desk clerk and security guard of the Hotel Shelley, in Miami's South Beach area, called police after hearing gunshots. A guest at the hotel then informed the desk clerk someone was tossing furniture and other items out a second-floor hotel window, the incident report states.

Police spokesman Detective Vivian Hernandez said officers arrived, found a spent shell casing amid the debris outside, and called in the SWAT team.

The incident report says that, in a recorded interview, Piccolella allegedly told a detective he and Puccio were drinking before returning to the hotel room, then threw hotel furnishings out the window and took turns firing a .380-caliber pistol.

One bullet penetrated the window, and an interior wall, of a nearby store, store manager Adelchi Mancusi said.

The Miami Herald reported Thursday that TSA spokesman Jon Allen said, in an e-mail, that Piccolella and Puccio were not in Miami on TSA business at the time of the incident.

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