Standoff Ends With Three Deputies Shot; One Critical
Philip Monier, 47. He was in fair condition at Baptist Hospital on Friday.
Pensacola News Journal
October 31, 2010
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL – An Escambia County deputy is fighting for his life after a close-range gunfight with a Mississippi man in the living room of a suburban Pensacola home.
Deputy Jeremy Cassady underwent surgery Friday afternoon and again Friday night at Sacred Heart Hospital. He was in critical condition this afternoon in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.
Two of his fellow deputies also were wounded when they responded to a domestic violence call at 8083 Baywind Circle, off Scenic Highway, north of Interstate 10. Deputies Chad Brown and Sam Parker were treated and released from Sacred Heart on Friday afternoon.
Philip Martin Monier, 47, of Horn Lake, Miss., opened fire on the deputies immediately after they entered the house, Sheriff David Morgan said. Injured by return fire, he was in fair condition at Baptist Hospital on Friday night.
Monier faces multiple charges, including home invasion, domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon.
Also wounded by multiple gunshots was Jackie Rosenbloom, 45, who was in the home and who police believe to be Monier’s ex-girlfriend or wife. She was in fair condition at Sacred Heart.
Morgan described the harrowing events that began with a desperate 911 call from Rosenbloom that a man was trying to kick in her front door.
Before the siege ended, Monier had dragged Rosenbloom into the bathroom and turned on the bathwater. Soon, the house was flooded in water and blood, the sheriff said.
Rosenbloom was carried from the house by Sgt. Ted Roy after she crawled from the bathroom where she’d been barricaded with Monier. Roy said it appeared she had been shot in both legs.
“She was so darned bloody and scared,” Morgan said. “She was in excruciating pain.”
Morgan called Deputy Josh Hendershott “a hero.” He said Hendershott entered the home after hearing the shots involving the three deputies, without knowing where the gunman was located, and pulled Cassady outside.
The sheriff said Monier “looked like a biker” with a bandanna around his head.
“He had a do-rag. He was heavy-set,” he said. “He was unkempt.”
Monier has a criminal record in Mississippi and Tennessee, according to court records.
In 1993, he was sentenced to six years in prison for drug charges in Shelby County, Tenn. And in 2006, he was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in DeSoto County, Miss. He was sentenced to 33 days in prison.
Rosenbloom’s call that the assailant was kicking in the door came in at 10:06 a.m.
Deputies arrived at 10:17, and at 10:22, when they heard screaming inside, they forced their way into the home.
At 10:27, a call came into dispatch that an officer was down. Less than a minute later, the call came that multiple officers were down. A minute later, the SWAT team was dispatched.
Morgan said Monier was standing behind Rosenbloom with his hand on her shoulder, using her as a shield, when deputies entered. He began firing right away.