Charges Dismissed Against TSA Agent In Incident At Miami Beach Hotel (UPDATED)

UPDATE: June 29, 2015 -- Charges against Jeffrey Piccolella were dismissed by the court and expunged, according to court documents and information provided by Piccolella and his attorney.


Perhaps they should have been patted down at the door: two South Florida TSA agents were arrested Tuesday night after police say they went on a drunken rampage in which they fired a gun out of the window of a South Beach hotel room and threw furniture to the ground below.

Jeffrey Piccolella, 27, and Nicholas Puccio, 25, are charged with criminal mischief and using a firearm under the influence of alcohol or drugs thanks to the 11 p.m. incident at the Hotel Shelley at 808 Collins Avenue.

According to Miami Beach Police, Piccolella confessed the Palm Beach County pair returned to their hotel room after consuming "several" alcoholic beverages, at which point they decided to open the window and shoot Piccolella's .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

After firing one shot, Piccolella told police Puccio took a turn and then Piccolella fired again out the window three more times. One of the bullets went through a hurricane impact-resistant window at the Barney's New York department store next door, causing $1,500 in damages.

A front desk clerk and security guard told police they heard one gunshot, then another 3-5 before a guest at the Shelby reported that furniture was being tossed from a room on the second floor.

When the clerk and guard investigated, they found the hotel's radio, speakers, lamps, phone, ice chest, and a broken vase lying on the ground next to a spent shell casing.

Responding Miami Beach police officers set up a perimeter around Piccolella's and Puccio's room before taking them into custody without incident. According to the arrest report, the pair both had a strong odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes.

Police say Puccio denied any involvement in the incident, but both men were booked into Miami-Dade County Jail on matching charges and $5,500 bond each.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Jon Allen told the Miami Herald the pair are part-time officers and have been with the agency for one year in Piccolella's case and two years for Puccio.

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

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