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Armed man threatened Checker’s clerk over hamburger order September 19, 2014

A man was arrested Tuesday after he threatened to shoot a Checkers drive-thru clerk if he didn’t give him a hamburger, according to a report.

sfl-flduh-shoot-checkers-clerk-hamburger-20140-001West Palm Beach police said Dechazo Harris, 27, pulled up just after 1:30 a.m. on March 29 to a Checkers drive-thru, 1209 N. Dixie Highway. He ordered a meal at the speaker, pulled around to the window and wanted to submit another order, according to an arrest report.

But the clerk told him he would have to drive around to get a second order. Harris then pulled out his gun, according to police, and told the clerk to get him his second meal.

“Give me a hamburger or I’ll shoot you,” he said as he got out of the car, according to the report.

The two passengers in his car persuaded him not to shoot the clerk, so he got back in his car, got his meal and left, according to the report.

Officers were able to get Harris’ license tag number off of his car from security footage. They arrested him on Tuesday, and he is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $5,000 bail.

He faces aggravated assault charges.

 

Strolling drunken man fired AK-47 in neighborhood September 17, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Guns,Shooting,Dangerous Nut,WTF?,Controversy,Scary,Weird,Dumb — floridaduh @ 8:56 pm

A Deltona man told deputies he was trying to release some built-up anger Tuesday morning when he fired off multiple rounds from an AK-47 rifle while walking around his neighborhood, Volusia County deputies said.

sfl-flduh-drunken-man-ak-47-20140916-001Frederick Wenzel IV said he was upset because he’s 28 and had to move back in with his parents, so he drank several beers before taking a walk with his firearm in tow, according to a sheriff’s charging affidavit. Multiple residents of homes on Joyner Drive told deputies they could hear the gunshots and a man yelling about 5:30 a.m.

Wenzel said he never intended to hurt anyone, but he had thought about shooting at the K-9 officer he saw looking for him, according to the affidavit. Children who had arrived at school bus stops in the area were told to return home to ensure their safety.

Wenzel was arrested and charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, open carrying of weapons and carrying a concealed firearm, records show. He was being held later Tuesday at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail.

 

Woman pulled gun on lawn worker for making too much noise September 10, 2014

sfl-flduh-gun-lawn-worker-noise-20140909-001A local woman is accused of threatening to shoot a lawn maintenance worker because he woke her up, according to the Ormond Beach Police Department.

Police said Gina Briggs, 26, pointed the gun at the victim because he was making too much noise on Oriole Circle Monday morning.

Briggs later told detectives that she would have shot the worker in the head, but didn’t because she forgot to load the gun.

Briggs was booked at the Volusia County Jail and charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of carrying a concealed firearm.

 

His officers are probably getting a bang out of their chief’s blunder August 28, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Dumb,Guns,Interesting,OK Then .....,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:00 pm

Daytona Beach police Chief Mike Chitwood was stopped by security at Orlando International Airport last week after a gun was found in his carry-on luggage, officials confirmed Wednesday.

sfl-flduh-police-chief-gun-airport-20140827-001Chitwood was stopped at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint about 8 p.m. Thursday after a screener noticed the gun, police said.

“Chief Chitwood was escorted from the checkpoint to safely secure his weapon before he was allowed to board his flight,” Orlando police said in a statement. The chief was not arrested and is not facing charges.

OPD noted that sworn officers are permitted to travel armed, if they complete the TSA’s Law Enforcement Officers Flying Armed program.

However, officers can only carry on weapons under that program if they “need to have the weapon accessible,” determined on a case-by-case basis, the TSA website states.

Chitwood’s boss, City Manager James Chisholm, said Chitwood is human “like all the rest of us,” adding it was “certainly no cause for us to take any action against the chief.”

Chitwood said the situation resulted from a “stupid oversight” on his part. He said he changed in his department’s locker room after work, before driving to OIA to catch a flight to New Jersey to visit family.

He said he had two bags, one for work clothes and another for civilian clothes. Changing hurriedly, he put his ankle holster and the Remington revolver it held in the wrong bag, he said.

He said officers were “extremely professional,” securing the gun, interviewing him and eventually clearing him to board his flight.

“Outside of being absolutely embarrassed, I thought: ‘I’m getting locked up!'” Chitwood said, recalling his judgmental reaction to stories of others who’ve mistakenly brought guns to the airport.

“I’ve read these things and I’ve always said… ‘How stupid could you be to do that?'”

 

There apparently was no happy ending for this strip club customer August 24, 2014

A man who left the Shark Lounge in a huff early Thursday, upset with his strip club experience, returned with a gun and shot a hole in the building, police said.

sfl-flduh-strip-club-shot-20140821-001He then led police on a chase across town, according to a charging affidavit.

Just before 2 a.m. two men told police a gunshot fired from a red sport utility vehicle struck the Shark Lounge, 730 E. International Speedway Blvd., right above their heads. Neither man was hurt.

Employees of the club told police that Krishna Swamy left the bar’s VIP area upset then tried to leave the Shark Lounge carrying a beer.

When employee Rosemary Sandberg stopped Swamy, 48, at the door, he got more agitated.

According to his arrest affidavit, Swamy then flung his drink at Sandberg, got into his Ford Explorer, grabbed a .30-06 rifle equipped with a scope and fired above the heads of employees Evelyn Sinka and Peter Lutz, hitting the building just below the Shark Lounge sign.

Swamy — whom police said is mentally ill — then squealed his SUV’s wheels and headed west on ISB, police said.

Once over the Broadway Bridge, police started after him where the ride became more wild.

Swamy, who lives in Umatilla, tried to elude police with a U-turn on Ridgewood Avenue in Holly Hill.

He lost control at Second Street and hit two vehicles in a used car lot, police said.

When Swamy headed back into Daytona Beach, police threw down stop sticks at North Ridgewood Avenue and Bay Street.

Both of the SUV’s driver’s side tires were flattened but Swamy kept going, police said.

He headed west again on ISB and made it to Longhorn Steakhouse, not far from Interstate 95, where he crashed into a ditch.

Two officers and a police dog apprehended Swamy, who was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Police, who also found two shotguns and ammunition in Swamy’s SUV, say he admitted to shooting his weapon, the report states.

Police Chief Mike Chitwood said Swamy has a record, including an arrest for battery on a law enforcement officer.

Swamy is charged with discharging a firearm from a vehicle, using or throwing a destructive device for bodily harm or property damage, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and fleeing and eluding.

 

Here’s a bad combination: tequila shots, gunshots, a humdinger of a big vehicle and tattoos done inside someone’s home. August 14, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,Guns,Shooting,Silly,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:29 pm

A man who reportedly tried to run over two other men with his Hummer after drinking tequila didn’t get very far, deputies said.

sfl-fldu-tequila-shots-gun-20140813-001That’s because one of the people Guilibaldo Gonzalez-Lopez, 37, tried to run over shot out two of his tires. And when deputies found Gonzalez-Lopez driving in Lake Worth, he was riding on his rims, they said.

Deputies said they got a call about a shooting at about 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of Strawberry Fields Way in Lake Worth, according to an arrest report. When they got there, they found two men, one of whom said he fired shots for his own protection against a driver who was trying to run them over.

One witness told deputies Gonzalez-Lopez had come to his house to get a tattoo done. He said throughout the day Gonzalez-Lopez had been drinking Jimador tequila, according to the report, and the witness told him he was concerned about him driving.

When Gonzalez-Lopez got into his black Hummer, he starting driving erratically all over the witness’ lawn and into his neighbor’s driveway. The neighbor came outside because he heard the witness screaming and went to grab his gun, according to the report.

The neighbor took one shot that hit Gonzalez-Lopez’s front passenger tire, according to the report. Gonzalez-Lopez backed up in the street, stopped for a moment and then started driving toward the neighbor and another man who had come out of his house, who were standing in the driveway.

The neighbor shot again, this time trying to shoot the rear passenger tire, and hit it. After that, Gonzalez-Lopez drove away from the scene and the two called deputies.

At the intersection of Lantana and Haverhill roads, deputies spotted the black Hummer with two deflated tires on the passenger side. The driver was identified as Gonzalez-Lopez.

Deputies asked Gonzalez-Lopez to perform field sobriety tests but he refused and started yelling at obscenities, according to the report. They also discovered Gonzalez-Lopez didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

Gonzalez-Lopez is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence, and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $9,000 bail.

 

Sanford is quickly becoming the terrifying epicenter of Stand Your Ground assaults August 7, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Guns,OK Then .....,Scary,Shooting,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:35 pm

A man walked into Central Florida Regional Hospital with two gunshot wounds from a shooting at his Sanford home Tuesday night, officials said.

untitledSanford Police identified the victim as Terrance Perkins, 34.

Investigators are currently waiting outside his home in the 1400 block of Mara Court — near San Lanta Circle — for permission to search inside.

There were signs of forced entry through the front door, according to Shannon Cordingly, Sanford Police spokeswoman.

“We are waiting for a search warrant to be signed before we can enter the home,” Cordingly said.

Perkins was shot about 9:47 p.m.

A neighbor called 911 to report the gunfire.

Just as the 911 call came in, officials at Central Florida Regional Hospital alerted police that someone had just walked in with multiple gunshot wounds, Cordingly said.

Perkins was later transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

He is currently undergoing surgery for the wounds to his chest and arm.

“At this time, [Perkins] is not willing to talk to investigators,” Cordingly said.

No additional information has been released.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

 

 
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