Deputies: Gun malfunctioned 3 times as hubby, 44, attacked estranged wife, 23


Who's the luckiest person in Florida?

Even luckier than Lotto ticket holder of the $590-million jackpot purchased at a Publix in Zephyrhills on Saturday?

Maybe this woman -- the estranged wife of Julio Villanueva-Vasque.

Julio Villanueva-Vasquez is accused of using a tool to puncture the tires of a friend who was visiting his estranged wife before trying to pry open the front door of home in the wee hours of Sunday morning, according to a news release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office.

The estranged wife reportedly had heard strange noises at the door and then saw her hubby through the window crouched down, deputies said.

As she opened the door to snap a photo as proof that Villanueva-Vasquezo was at her residence, he reportedly rushed inside...uninvited.

A domestic violence injunction had been in effect against the Villanueva-Vasque, deputies said.

A physical struggle ensued before the 44-year-old Tampa man allegedly pulled a semi-auto handgun from his waist area, pointed the weapon at his 23-year-old wife's chest and pulled the trigger.

When the gun did not fire Villanueva-Vasquez then racked the slide twice and fired twice more, but still the gun malfunctioned.

Villanueva-Vasquez fled the scene on foot.

The woman sustained a small cut to her face and positively identified Villanueva-Vasquez as her attacker.

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