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A Pompano Beach firefighter has been charged with felony assault with a firearm after she allegedly shot at a man she invited into her home.

Janeen McKenzie, 46 and a 21 year veteran of Pompano Beach Fire Rescue, is accused of shooting at Anthony Santos, 35, on May 17, 2014 following a night of drinking at a Lake Worth establishment, Kings Lounge. Santos was treated for a minor wound from a bullet fragment.

That much appears to be undisputed.

According to Santos, he agreed to drive McKenzie and her vehicle home because she was too drunk to drive. He then accepted her invitation to come inside and her initial sexual advances. However, when McKenzie indicated she wanted Santos to choke her, he declined, prompting her to retrieve a handgun and begin shooting.

Through her attorney, McKenzie’s version differs in that she claims Santos began choking her and her use of the handgun was in self-defense.

According to the police report, an off duty deputy arrived on scene after hearing gunshots. He observed Santos kneeling in the street with his hands up and McKenzie shooting at him.

Here is a copy of the Arrest Report (an interesting read).  Janeen-McKenzie-arrest-report

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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