OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee man is accused of firing shots into his ex-wife’s truck, shattering the driver's side rear window.
On Saturday, Nov. 26, Deputy Sheriff Marc Willaims of Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department, responded to Northwest 95th Court regarding a violation of a domestic injunction complaint.
The complainant explained that her ex-husband, Kyle Lanier, 37, came to her friend’s residence where she was staying at around 6 a.m. that morning. She was not sure how Lanier discovered her whereabouts. Lanier pulled up behind her vehicle that was parked outside and began honking his horn. The complainant’s friend then went outside to speak with Lanier but Lanier wanted to fight. Lanier reportedly told the friend “you better go wake her up because I’m fixing to burn the house down” and then left when the complainant’s friend would not engage in a fight.
The complainant then left her friend’s home and called law enforcement on the way to her own residence. She explained that Lanier had been calling her multiple times a day using a calling app and disguising his voice and that she had an active injunction in place against him.
The deputy noted in the narrative that while speaking with the complainant her phone did receive approximately 10 calls from unknown numbers. He reported that most of the voices sounded distorted and robotic, however, on the last call he heard a male voice when the complainant answered the phone. She identified the caller as her ex-husband, Kyle Lanier.
Deputy Williams found that there was probable cause that Kyle Lanier had violated the ex-parte injunction against him and contacted dispatch to place a BOLO (be on the lookout) for Kyle Lanier and that if he was located that he be placed under arrest for violation of an injunction for protection against domestic violence.
At around 11 p.m. that evening Deputy William Jolly responded to the 25400 block of Northwest 72nd Avenue regarding a domestic in progress complaint. In route, dispatch explained that they were still on call with the complainant, and they could hear her yelling “stop."
Deputy Jolly saw a gold Cadillac parked in the middle of the southbound lane of Northwest 72nd Avenue. The hood was up and there was a white male, later identified as Kyle Lanier, leaning under the hood with a jug in his hand. The vehicle matched the description given by the complainant so the deputy approached. The deputy asked the male subject to put down the jug and step away from the car. As the deputy approached the man said, “This is crazy. She assaulted me too why am I being placed in handcuffs?”
Deputy Jolly explained to Lanier why he was being detained and secured him in the patrol car. Deputy Sheriff M. Huffman arrived on scene and stayed with the vehicle until BMJ Towing arrived to remove it.
The complainant told the deputy the situation had been going on all day with Lanier sending her photos of her residence. She alleged that in one altercation Lanier punched her truck and broke the driver’s side mirror and threw his phone into the driver’s side door. At one point he was approaching her at very high speeds and in an attempt to deter him, the complainant shot her pistol into the ditch. He then pulled up and they exchanged more words. She told deputies that as she attempted to drive away, Lanier shot at her truck several times, shattering her driver’s side rear door window. When she saw the deputy approaching, she pulled to the side of the road and waited for them to take her statement.
In Lanier’s statement, he claims that the complainant was causing him to become angry and told him to “hit her.” Lanier claimed he refused to hit her, so he busted her vehicle mirror and hit the door instead. Lanier also claimed that the complainant hit him in the head and nose.
Upon searching Lanier’s vehicle, deputies found two glass meth pipes, a BB gun, 6000 rounds of BB’s and Lanier’s broken Apple phone.
Kyle Lanier was arrested and charged with: Possession of methamphetamine; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill; throwing or shooting missiles into a dwelling, vehicle, building or vessel; criminal mischief; possession of drug paraphernalia; and violation of a domestic injunction.
Bond was set at $40, 500.
Editor’s note: The Florida Department of Children and Families toll-free, confidential domestic violence hotline is available 24 hours a day. If you are a victim of domestic violence, advocates can provide you with referrals and information on counseling, advocacy, and other services you may choose to pursue. Call 800-500-1119.