Manny Garrido liked to tinker. But the 23-year-old may have tinkered one too many times when he built his own handgun — and promptly shot himself in the leg with it.
Bored, broke and unable to drive on a license suspended after a car crash, Garrido passed time building things. Resources weren’t hard to find in his father’s Lake Worth backyard, where you could often hear the buzz of impact wrenches and low growl of classic cars, like dad’s ’87 ‘Vette or ’84 Trans-Am.
But it was his last mechanical project that landed him in jail.
Garrido decided he needed to build a gun for protection: a one-round .40-caliber firearm made from the brass tube assembly of an air conditioner gauge, a large nut, springs and a screwdriver.
He kept the gun in his pocket. And on March 29, it went off, sending the single slug into his leg.
The wound later served as evidence for deputies, who arrested Garrido on Sunday on charges of possession of ammunition or firearms by a felon. In April 2011, Garrido pleaded guilty to felony drug charges after an incident in which authorities found prescription pills in his pocket.
Shortly after Garrido rolled into Emergency Room 1 of the JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, a staffer called police to report a shooting victim.
Detectives later found Garrido lying in a hospital bed, where he explained how he fell victim to himself.