GREEN BAY – "TGSCOM Inc., a web-based firearms dealer headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, recently helped the City of Daytona Beach Shores nearly double the prison term of a convicted cop shooter.
On November 1, 2005 Thomas Cutaia fired ten shots at Daytona Beach Shores police officer Michael Gavigan, wounding him. On July 19, 2007 Cutaia was found guilty of just aggravated battery for shooting Officer Gavigan and received a twenty-year prison sentence.
Not satisfied with this light punishment for a criminal who tried to kill a police officer, additional charges were filed against Cutaia for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Cutaia had been previously convicted of arson in Massachusetts.
In attempting to mount a defense, Cutaia altered a TGSCOM invoice and made false representations about how he acquired the gun he used to shot Officer Gavigan. Working with TGSCOM, Daytona Beach Shores law enforcement was able to prove Cutaia was not telling the truth. On August 10, 2007, thanks in part to TGSCOM, Cutaia was found guilty and given an additional 15 years behind bars.
“Thomas Cutaia deserves every day of the thirty-five years he’ll spend in prison,” said TGSCOM President Eric Thompson. “We were glad to cooperate with the Daytona Beach Shores law enforcement officials. People who use firearms to commit tragedies should pay the full price for their actions.”
In a letter to TGSCOM, Stephan Dembinsky, Director of Public Safety for Daytona Beach Shores wrote: “It is always a pleasure to work with companies willing to extend their services to law enforcement in our attempt to seek and serve justice. The information you were able to supply was integral in the positive outcome in our prosecution of this case.”
TGSCOM was in the news recently because one of the firearms used by Cho Seung-Hui in the Virginia Tech shootings was purchased on www.thegunsource.com, which is operated by TGSCOM. TGSCOM cooperated with law enforcement agencies investigating that tragic shooting.
“We are proud to provide law abiding Americans with firearms and hunting and shooting accessories,” said Thompson. “We will continue to do all we can to make sure criminals who use guns to commit crimes are punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
Background on TGSCOM Inc.
TGSCOM Inc. is a federally licensed firearms dealer based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. TGSCOM operates 50 Web sites that sell firearms, firearms’ accessories and hunting supplies. Its Web sites include www.topglock.com, www.thegunsource.com, www.waltherpistols.com and www.ar15pro.com. TGSCOM is located at 1449 S. Broadway Street in Green Bay.
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Well now. Special treatment for special people always riles me a tad, tad and a quarter. Sentencing someone to more time because WHO he shot was more important than some old run of the mill Joe?
Just doesn't sit right with me. Shoot ANYONE while involved in a criminal endeavor and go to jail forever and a day. We start making some folks more extraordinary simply because of their occupation, we'll soon see special privileges granted them and a hierarchy of citizenship somewhat akin to the lords and lady's of europe.
Too late? They already HAVE such status? And lots MORE privilege?