BY Jared Harris, The Western JournalMay 29, 2023
4 months ago

Veteran Lawman Dies After Violent Struggle with Illegal Immigrant Less Than Half His Age

A Florida lawman is dead after a violent struggle with an illegal immigrant who is less than half his age.

The encounter began when 52-year-old Sgt. Michael Kunovich, a 25-year veteran of law enforcement who was working with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, encountered a young man on the night of May 19.

Kunovich found the man, now identified as 18-year-old Guatemala native Vergilio Aguilar Mendez, alone near a closed motel.

According to The Florida Times-Union, as Kunovich moved toward the teen, the young man turned and walked away.

Kunovich caught up with Mendez, and tried to check him for weapons.

After ignoring commands from the sergeant, Mendez broke from Kunovich and attempted to escape the lawman. It didn't work.

Deputies arrived to find Mendez still struggling against Kunovich. The veteran lawman turned his taser on Mendez, but it failed to stop the altercation.

At one point, the teen tried to strip the same weapon from the sergeant.

Mendez was soon handcuffed, but was able to arm himself with a knife while restrained. Deputies secured the weapon, but tragedy struck when Kunovich collapsed on the scene soon after.

He was quickly taken to a hospital, but doctors could do nothing to save him.

Mendez does not deny resisting law enforcement, claiming he was afraid of being deported back to his home country of Guatemala.

The teen is now being held on charges of murder and resisting arrest. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also has a detainer on Mendez, who was living in the United States illegally.

The impact of the veteran lawman's death was clear at his funeral, where fellow law enforcement, family and friends filled the service to honor Kunovich.

"Sergeant Kunovich will be deeply missed by not only his immediate family and his family at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, but also by our community," Sheriff Hardwick said, according to WJXT.

Kunovich's two sons, Michael and Max, were given folded flags and their father's service badge.

"Dad your shift was over way too soon," Michael Kunovich, said at the funeral. "Go rest high on the mountain, be our guardian angel and guide Max and I to serve like you did. I will always love you."

Kunovich's death is not an outlier. Illegal immigrants have been at the center of several recent heinous crimes.

Earlier this month Francisco Oropesa, an illegal immigrant living in Texas who had been deported multiple times, allegedly went to a neighboring family's house and slaughtered five people.

One of the victims of the massacre was just 8 years old.

In March, a 7-year-old and her grandmother were killed in Texas after their car was hit by a truck full of illegal immigrants. Eleven of the truck's passengers also died in the accident.

Illegal immigration isn't just a crime against our country and its citizens -- it leaves the immigrants themselves living in perpetual fear of arrest and deportation, and at the mercy of drug cartels and vicious human smugglers for much of their journey to the United States.

The major influx of people illegally crossing into the country isn't happening in a vacuum. According to one Border Patrol sector chief who testified to Congress in February, many of the immigrants believe the border to be "open" under President Joe Biden.

While we may one day soon see respect for the law make a comeback to the forefront of America's most cherished values, we must never forget those who held the line when chaos was the order of the day.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Written by: Jared Harris, The Western Journal



Blinken admits Obama was wrong about Russia

Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently revealed that former President Barack Obama's stance on Russia in the 2012 presidential debate was misplaced. In a surprising…
13 hours ago
 • By Staff Writers

Trump campaign says GOP debates are ‘boring’, calls for cancellation of remaining debates

Donald Trump’s campaign has voiced its dissatisfaction with the GOP primary debates, labeling them as 'boring' and 'inconsequential' and has urged for their discontinuation. In…
13 hours ago
 • By Staff Writers

Award-winning guitarist Al Di Meola has heart attack on stage

Famous guitarist Al Di Meola, 69, stumbled off a Bucharest stage on Wednesday, and later revealed that he’d had a heart attack mid-show. Al Di…
13 hours ago
 • By Staff Writers

Biden Admin confirms historic crackdown on offshore oil and gas drilling

The Biden administration has released one of the most restrictive five-year leasing programs in history. For those concerned about the future of energy in the…
13 hours ago
 • By Staff Writers

Woke Top General Mark Milley is retiring

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley is retiring after a chaotic stint in office. Mark Milley, who served as the top US…
13 hours ago
 • By Staff Writers


We publish the objective news, period. If you want the facts, then sign up below and join our movement for objective news:



    Get news from American Digest in your inbox.

      By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: American Digest, 3000 S. Hulen Street, Ste 124 #1064, Fort Worth, TX, 76109, US, You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact.
      Scelerisque volutpat pellentesque sed ornare egestas. Urna, cursus enim, faucibus tellus amet dignissim imperdiet ut.