Florida man faces manslaughter charge after hitting a 77-year-old man who allegedly called him a racist insult. The man died two days later.
Corey Pujols, 27, is charged with manslaughter of an elderly or disabled adult with a gun after police say he hit a man while working at a Dunkin ‘in Tampa, reported the WFLA.
Police told WFLA the victim was driving when she was upset due to lack of service on May 5. Pujols, police said.
Pujols, who is black, told police the victim was a regular customer but was “extremely rude” that day, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He said the man called him a racist insult and asked him to repeat it.
After the man repeated it, Pujols told police he hit the man once and it knocked him down. The man was taken to hospital after police and fire crews found him unconscious and bleeding from his head.
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Pujols was arrested on a battery charge on a person over the age of 65 and released the next day after posting $ 2,000 bail, prison records show.
His freedom would be short-lived as the man died two days later and the police reclassified the charge of manslaughter of a person over the age of 65.
An autopsy found the man had a fractured skull and brain contusions from blunt trauma to the head, The Tampa Bay Times reported.
“We are deeply saddened by the incident at our franchise restaurant in Tampa, Florida. The franchisee, who owns and operates this restaurant independently, fully cooperates with the local authorities. As this is an ongoing investigation, we are deferring any further matters to the police, ”Dunkin ‘said in a statement to USA TODAY.
Prison records show Pujols was re-arrested on May 7 and is currently being held without bail.
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