GAINESVILLE, FL – April 17, 2020 – According to an online arrest report published on FoxSanAntonio.com, a man from Gainesville, Florida, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Without Intent to Kill. The suspect noticed a man walking into the apartment complex located at 4155 NW 13 Street at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to a Gainesville police arrest report. The news report states that the suspect is disabled and the suspect allegedly brandished a firearm and fired two rounds into the air while at an apartment complex. The suspect became enraged during an argument with a visitor at the apartment complex. The Gainesville police arrest report states the argument between the suspect and the victim was about the apartment´s rules concerning no visitors during the coronavirus sheltering in place order.
According to the news report, the victim explained to police that he was at the apartment complex to pick up a bicycle. The arrest report alleges the suspect engaged the man and told the man that he needed to leave the apartment complex or that the man would be removed from the apartment complex. The arrest report states that the visitor did not leave and this caused the suspect to pull out his firearm and shoot two bullets into the air. Then the suspect pointed the firearm at the visitor who left the scene, according to the arrest report. The suspect then continued to follow the visitor and then fired two additional shots into the air when the visitor was about 100 feet away from the suspect.
Law enforcement stated that they did not believe the suspect intended to injure the visitor because he fired the four shots into the air. Therefore, the suspect was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.
The suspect, at the time of the news article, is being held on a $25,000 bond at the Alachua County Jail.
Florida Statute § 784.021(1)(a) - Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Without Intent to Kill
According to Florida Statute § 784.021, it is a crime to threaten another individual with a deadly weapon intentionally is such a way that the victim has a reasonable fear that harm or violence is coming. A deadly weapon is any weapon that could be used to cause great bodily harm or death. Also, in the state of Florida, an assault charge doesn´t require an intent to injure another. In the state of Florida, if an individual is found guilty of Aggravated Assault is a Third Degree Felony, the defendant could receive a $5,000 fine, receive up to five years in prison, and five years of probation upon release from prison.