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This profile was last updated on 12/19/03  and contains information from public web pages.

Barry Gaston Sr.

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Lake Wales News
www.lakewalesnews.com, 19 Dec 2003 [cached]
Barry Gaston, owner of Gaston Investigations in Lake Wales narrowly averted being shot, and possible killed, Monday evening, Nov. 17, while attempting to deliver a court-ordered summons to a Plant City man.
"I keep seeing that big gun being pointed at my face," Gaston said."It's true that time slows down to a crawl and my world flashed before my eyes."
Gaston, 42, had gone to the home of David John Stroud, 58, of Hopewell Manor Drive, and knocked on the door.
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Gaston went back to his truck and a man who drove up in a white pick-up truck approached Gaston to ask him what he was doing there.
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"The gun is a Dirty Harry special - a 44 caliber Ruger with a scope on it - I could see him squeezing the trigger and the hammer going back," Gaston said."I thought I was going to die right there, but then all my military and police training kicked in by instinct."
Gaston said he grabbed the gun and the man's arm to push the weapon away from his face, and as he did the gun was fired, breaking Gaston's driver side window with the bullet lodging in the frame of his truck.
"I made him drop the gun and got him in a choke hold, but then I thought about the other man behind me," he said.
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Gaston said that it makes no sense for Stroud to try and shoot him for, as Gaston said, a trivial reason.
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Gaston said that it makes no sense for Stroud to try and shoot him for, as Gaston said, a trivial reason.
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"The summons was not for a criminal act - it was a civil matter," Gaston said."Every day since this happened I keep picturing it over and over in my mind and become angry at the thought of someone trying to take my life."
Although he is not afraid to go on with his work, Gaston said he will be "super careful" and try to continue to see the good in people.
"There was fire in his eyes when he came out that door," Gaston said."He was in a rage produced by hate."
Because of his background, serving in the military for one term, four and a half years with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and eight and a half years with the Lake Wales Police Department, he was able to disarm the man.
"I am thankful for the training I had - I would be dead right now without it," he said."Process servers need more protection under the law."
He said people are becoming more and more aggressive in avoiding process servers because they see the servers as trying to take something away from them.Gaston said it's the old saying, "Don't shoot the messenger," that people need to understand.
"If you make a mistake, face it," Gaston said."Don't compound it."
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Gaston has five adult children, three of whom are serving in the military.
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Barry Gaston Jr. served in the Air Force and daughter, Latoya Gaston Hudson is married to a service man based in Ft. Hood.
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Gaston is the vice president of the Florida Association of Professional Process Servers.
People & Changes
www.theledger.com, 24 Mar 2002 [cached]
BARRY GASTON SR. of Lake Wales has been elected to the board of the directors of the Florida Association of Process Servers.Gaston worked eight years for the Polk County Sheriff's Department and five years for the Lake Wales Police Department before beginning Gaston Investigations in Lake Wales four years ago.He was elected to the board during the association's annual meeting recently in Melbourne.
Board Of Directors
www.fapps.org, 30 Mar 2005 [cached]
Barry Gaston, Sr.P.O. Box 166
Lake Wales, FL 33859-0166
Telephone: (877) 236-8245 E-Mail: gastonpi@aol.com
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