Former Lee County Commission candidate arrested for shooting at a stray dog

Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Joseph Gambino, 43. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

A man who ran for Lee County Commission District 5 seat during the last election has been arrested and is accused of shooting at a stray dog from his car.

According to the arrest report, Joseph Gambino, 43, was arrested on Thursday after a neighbor told deputies Gambino threatened to shoot a stray dog before he fired a gun at that dog near their home.

Deputies say Gambino got into an argument with his neighbors around 7 a.m. Thursday because the food and water they leave out for their dogs attracted a stray. According to the arrest report, Gambino got into an argument with kids at the home and threatened to shoot the stray dog, prompting one of them to call 911.

The report says Gambino returned to his house, grabbed a gun, and drove back to the neighbor’s house. That is when Gambino is accused of pointing his gun out of his car and shooting near the stray dog directly in front of the neighbor’s home.

When deputies arrived, Gambino told them that he did shoot at the stray dog and that deputies could find the gun in his car. Deputies found Gambino’s revolver in his car with six live rounds loaded. Deputies found a single spent shell casing inside his home in a trash bag.

Deputies say Gambino knowingly and intentionally fired his gun from his car in the direction of a home that he knew at least one person was inside. As a result, he was arrested and is facing charges of firing a gun from a vehicle and firing a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

Gambino was released on a $20,000 bond.

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