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West Palm man faces attempted murder charge after shooting pool maintenance man

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — An 82-year-old man accused of shooting a pool maintenance worker faces a charge of attempted second-degree murder.

Geuka appeared in court on Thursday after West Palm Beach police arrested him on Wednesday.

Amefika Geuka’s arrest stems from an incident at her West Palm Beach home on September 1.

According to a police report, the victim received a call from Geuka around 1:56 p.m. for an emergency with his swimming pool. The victim told Geuka that he was in the community serving other pools and would arrive at Geuka’s pool within the hour.

At around 3:05 p.m., the victim knocked on Geuka’s door and asked if he still wanted his pool cleaned, according to the report. Geuka replied, “he doesn’t work with people who disrespect him.” A physical altercation between Geuka and the victim ensued, with Geuka pulling a gun from his belt and opening fire on the victim, shooting him in the shoulder.

The victim went to JFK South Medical Center to be treated for his gunshot wound.

The victim, who has not been identified due to Marsy’s law, said he had been employed by Geuka since 2012 and had maintained Geuka’s pool on a weekly basis for more than 10 years.

According to the police report, the shooting was caught on CCTV. Following an investigation, Geuka was taken into custody on Wednesday.

During Geuka’s first court appearance on Thursday, his attorney said he suffered from angina and needed to take nitroglycerin for his condition.

According to his attorney, Geuka is a stalwart in the community and has built a charter school in the community and public housing in Palm Beach County.

His attorney argued that due to his medical condition, the judge issued bail for Geuka.

“The problem with him being here at this facility is that he would be without his medication,” Mallorye Cunningham said. “He has a pacemaker, three heart attacks and he’s on blood thinners, and for that reason Judge, we’re asking you to make some type of connection.”

Geuka is being held at the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center on $100,000 bond. The judge ordered Geuka to be placed under house arrest if released from prison and issued a restraining order for Geuka and a no contact order with the victim.

Geuka faces a minimum sentence of 25 years if convicted.