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Maintenance Man ‘Frustrated’ After Cop Inadvertently Shoots Him

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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A maintenance worker is “frustrated” with a police officer who lives in his apartment building, after she accidentally shot him while he was cleaning the hallway outside her apartment.

Police Sgt. Wanda Roman was sitting in her kitchen cleaning her gun when she inadvertently fired a shot that went through her front door and struck the man. He thought he had been electrocuted and stumbled over to a nearby stairwell, where another woman found him drifting in and out of consciousness and called for help. Roman didn’t realize she had shot anyone until he made it to the hospital.

“I’m very frustrated,” Raynier Miranda told the Miami Herald from his home in the same apartment building, where he is recovering from surgery for the near-fatal gunshot wound. “She’s caused me a lot of frustration. It was very bad. I was in a lot of pain.”

The bullet pierced the aortic artery in Miranda’s left arm and went through his chest just a half inch from his heart. He had no idea what happened when he felt the stinging sensation from the bullet. The officer has been suspended with pay pending a criminal investigation into the incident, because she didn’t immediately tell her supervisor about the discharge of her weapon.

Roman was cleaning the hallway with bleach when he was shot. He told the Miami Herald Roman hasn’t reached out to him since the incident, but he wouldn’t know what to say if she did. Their relationship had consisted of brief exchanges of pleasantries when they passed each other in the hallway.

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