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TSA agents arrested for gunfire at Miami hotel

Two Transportation Security Administration agents were arrested in Miami earlier this week for trashing their hotel room and firing gunshots out the window, according to various reports.

Jeffrey Piccolella, 27, and Nicholas Anthony Puccio, 25, were arrested shortly before midnight on Tuesday at Hotel Shelley in South Beach, the Miami Herald reported. The two men, who work at Palm Beach International Airport, were charged with criminal mischief and use of a firearm while under the influence, the paper reported.

One bullet pierced a hurricane impact resistant window at a nearby Barneys New York, store manager Adelchi Mancusi told the Miami Herald.

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No one was injured.

Employees called police around 11:18 p.m. after they heard a number of gunshots. Police found broken furniture and a shell casing in the men’s room. They were being held on $5,500 bond each.

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TSA spokesman Jon Allen wrote in an e-mail that the two men were part-time officers who were not in Miami on business, according to the Herald.

“TSA holds its employees to the highest professional and ethical standards,” Allen wrote. “We will review the facts and take appropriate action as necessary.”


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