Robber Lures Victims With Scam Ad, Gets Shot When Victims Turn Out To Be Cops

Convicted felon Terrance Jones made a fake online ad, but had no idea that his intended victims were off-duty deputies.

Wildwood, FL – An armed felon was shot by two off-duty Hernando County deputies after he pulled a gun on them when they showed up to purchase jet skis from him.

The incident occurred at 6981 County Road 219 at approximately 2:36 p.m. on July 7, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) said in a press release.

The two off-duty Hernando County deputies had made prior arrangements to meet a man at the residence after they spotted an online ad about the sale of jet skis.

But when they arrived, a man approached them armed with a semi-automatic handgun, and pointed the weapon at them.

The gunman, later identified as 19-year-old Terrance Terrell Jones, had no idea that the men he was attempting to rob at gunpoint were off-duty law enforcement officers.

When Jones ordered the would-be victims to get onto the ground, the deputies pulled out their own concealed firearms in self-defense.

They identified themselves as law enforcement officers, but Jones refused to drop his weapon, WFTS reported.

Jones started shooting, and suffered non-life threatening wounds to his leg when the deputies returned fire, the SCSO said in the press release.

A second suspect managed to flee the scene on foot.

Jones was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, robbery with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, WFTS reported.

He was previously convicted of felony offenses of robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and was on probation at the time of his most recent offenses.

According to police, the man who owns the jet skis also owns the home where the attack occurred, but he had no idea that his property had been used to place the fake ad.

SCSO noted such offenses have been occurring more frequently in the area as of late, and warned residents to “be cautious when attempting to complete person to person online purchase transactions.”

“Conduct the transaction in a public place and if necessary contact law enforcement to be present during the transaction,” the department added.

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<snickering> Well well out on probation, what a big surprise that is huh ?


You can't help but be so Happy this POS punk ass thief got shot.. Only problem is he lived and will be out making more victims real damn soon.. Too bad the Deputies were not able to put this scum bag to sleep...


Glad the officers were uninjured. Would not have shed a tear if the POS suspect had been killed.


Justice is served again! :)

But this does reinforce the concept of being cautious about how and where you meet up with people to complete sales from Craigslist.

One of the northern suburbs of Minneapolis has actually set up a designated Craigslist meeting spot. It is marked with signage that identifies it as such and its located in the parking lot of the police department.

Love the concept.


Exactly why my town's police department made a safe sale zone in the parking lot of pice headquarters. It's a lit area & monitored by cameras.