Police: FL construction worker attacks supervisor with front-end loader
This man is charged with aggravated battery after a fight at a Florida construction site. (Source: WESH/CNN)
(RNN) - Construction worker Erick Cox got into an argument with his boss at a construction site in DeBarry, FL, and used a front-end loader as a weapon.
The crew was readying a lot for a new Walmart when a verbal argument escalated into an equipment-engineered attack.
WESH reported that witnesses said Cox, nicknamed “Pork Chop” according to the Orlando Sentinel, climbed into the loader, dumped a load of dirt on his boss, exited the loader and picked up a 6-foot aluminum level then laughed as he whacked his trapped boss in the head with it.
Cox used the loader to dump another load of dirt on the unconscious man, according to WESH.
The victim, Perry Byrd, suffered a four-inch gash in his head that required surgery.
Cox, 32, told authorities he acted in self-defense. He was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault and was soon released on a $5,000 bond.