Florida father who shot dead a co-worker at point blank range in ‘love triangle feud’ at a Daytona Beach garage, appeard in court Friday, charged with first-degree murder
Damian DeRousha, 43, killed Donald Geno, 31, on Thursday at the Velosha County Fleet Maintainance facility after learning victim was ‘having affair with his wife’ who also works with them
He was advised to stay silent in court on Friday as a judge found probable cause for the charge of first-degree murder and ordered him held without bond
Witnesses said Geno was shot multiple times at ‘point blank range’ by DeRousha
DeRousha told police ‘he lost his mind’ and shot Geno after finding out earlier that morning that he was allegedly having an affair with his wife
Geno, who was a master mechanic for the county, died at an area hospital
DeRousha worked in the maintenance facility as a special projects coordinator, his wife also worked as an inventory control specialist at the same facility
A love triangle among three employees at a county vehicle maintenance facility in Florida turned deadlyon Thursday after an aggrieved husband shot dead the co-worker he believed was having an affair with his wife.
Damian DeRousha, 43, the police report said, fatally shot Donald Geno, 31, at ‘point blank range’ on Thursday morning at a Volusia County vehicle repair facility in Daytona Beach.
The Volusia County employee who has been accused of killing his co-worker who he allegedly, believed he was romantically involved with his wife made his first appearance in court Friday.
DeRousha was advised to stay silent as a judge found probable cause for the charge of first-degree murder and ordered him held without bond.
On February 4, police were summoned to the scene along Lake Road just after 10:39am to reports of multiple shots fired and a male victim ‘bleeding profusely’.
Responding officers arrived to find Geno unresponsive on the ground in a pool of blood. He had been shot multiple times.
After the shooting, DeRousha reportedly dropped his weapon and sat in a white pickup truck, waiting to be detained, Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.
The father-of-two, meanwhile, was arrested at the scene and charged with first-degree murder. He later told police he ‘lost his mind’, having found out earlier the same morning his wife was allegedly having an affair with Geno.
Police said Donald Geno was shot multiple times at point-blank range. He later died in hospital
The alleged showdown happened in a garage at Volusia County vehicle repair facility in Daytona Beach.
According to Sheriff Chitwood, moments after finding out about the alleged affair, DeRousha came into work and told his supervisor he had to attend a family matter.
DeRousha then reportedly drove to a garage in another part of the facility where Geno was working and parked his truck.
‘He confronts the guy and shoots him multiple times,’ Chitwood told the Daytona Beach News Journal.
‘He then leaves the gun where he shot the victim, takes off his county jacket and walks to this truck and waits for deputies.’
When deputies arrived, DeRousha allegedly told them: ‘I shot him,’ though couldn’t recall how many times.
A witness later told police DeRousha had shot Geno several times, then, as the victim lay bleeding on the ground, stood over him and fired again.
Two men called 911 as the shooting unfolded.
‘I believe it’s over a husband and wife dispute, I don’t know,’ one of the men tells dispatchers, according to audio of a call obtained by Click Orlando.
The caller said he ran away from the area when he heard the sound of gunshots and screaming.
DeRousha, a father-of-two, later told police he ‘lost his mind’, having found out earlier the same morning his wife was allegedly having an affair with Geno.
After the shooting, DeRousha reportedly dropped his weapon and sat in a white pickup truck, waiting to be detained, Sheriff Mike Chitwood said
The second man who called 911 was with Geno before first responders arrived. ‘He’s barely conscious,’ the man is heard saying, with the panic evident in his voice. ‘He’s losing a lot of blood.’
The man later described that Geno was ‘bleeding profusely’, but other co-workers were doing their best to render aid.
Geno a master mechanic who was employed by the county facility since 2016, despite life-saving efforts, died at an area hospital shortly after the shooting.
DeRousha, the self-confessed shooter, worked in the maintenance facility as a special projects coordinator and was hired by the county in 2003, police said. His wife, who was not named, was employed by the facility in 2018 and works as an inventory control specialist.
His defense attorney Matt Phillips, said in a statement: ‘My client told them that he became aware of a relationship between this other individual and his wife and that lead to this tragedy.’
DeRousha has reportedly confronted his wife via text message moments before shooting Geno.
He later told investigators, ‘I lost my mind’, according to a police report.
Matt Phillips said he will be investigating his client’s mental state to see if it could potential provide DeRousha a defense.
A GoFundMe set up to help DeRousha’s children reads and pay his legal fees reads: ‘Anyone that knows Damian knows this isn’t who he is.’
Volusia County spokesman Gary Davidson said officials are ‘extremely shocked and saddened’ by the shooting.
The county has reportedly mobilized its critical incident stress management team, as well as addition resources to help provide emotional support to employees.
County manager, George Recktenwald, also released a statement that described how shaken up employees of the facility are after the shooting.
‘This is a terrible tragedy and we’re still processing today’s events, supporting our county family at this difficult time and grieving the loss of one of our own,’ he wrote in his statement.
DeRousha appeared in court for arraignment on Friday.