Nat'l Night Out: $1 for 3 tries at dunking Orange City Mayor Tom Laputka or hero cop Sherif El-Shami into a water tank

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ORANGE CITY, Fla. -- For just a buck, you'll get three shots at dunking Mayor Tom Laputka or Orange City Police Detective Sherif El-Shami into a water tank on Tuesday during Orange City's National Night Out at Dickinson Park.

The city-sponsored event will take place at Dickinson Park, from 6 to 8 p.m. 120, East Graves Ave. Proceeds from the dunking event will benefit the Orange City PD Police Explorers.

You'll have three chances to "dunk one of these guys into a tank of water!" the mayor said smugly and tauntingly, adding, "See you Tuesday!"

Sherif was promoted to detective in 2012, three years after exchanging gunfire with a man and the cop lost his left eye from one of the rounds. He returned to active patrols three months later with a prosthetic eye.

On March 25, 2009, El-Shami was on patrol when he heard backup was being summoned for a Volusia County sheriff's deputy checking on the well-being of a suicidal individual named Bryan Langford at 1651 E. University Ave. near Orange City. 

El-Shami was closest and got to the residence first, but he was ambushed by Langford, who was armed with a high-powered rifle. El-Shami's patrol car was hit nearly half a dozen times five times - one of the rounds ricocheting on the door near El-Shami's head. A fragment from the shattered bullet took out his left eye. Langford, who had shot and killed his girlfriend and her son in a dispute over a bar they owned, killed himself as a Sheriff's SWAT team closed in on the house after a lengthy standoff.

The National Night out is part of a recognition of crime victims and neighborhood vigilance against criminals preying on them in cities across the country.


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