Flagler County

Man receives award from Flagler County Sheriff’s Office after helping fight off shooter

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — A Palm Coast bartender was presented with a Lifesaving Award for saving a woman’s life, the Flagler Sheriff’s Office said.


According to a release, David Ghiloni jumped over the bar at Smiles Nite Club to fight off a man holding a gun to a woman’s head on Nov. 20.

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Deputies said Ghiloni and other people in the bar tried to subdue the suspect, Connor Anderson, as he fired the gun several times.

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The quick action gave enough time for the people, including the female victim, to escape.

“This courageous act of protecting the female and fighting off this shooter without a doubt saved lives that night,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “I’m honored to be able to recognize David, who so selflessly helped those in need and put his own life in harm’s way to protect others.”

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Anderson was taken into custody by Flagler County deputies shortly after the incident.

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