WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – On Wednesday at approximately 3:10 p.m, officers responded to the area of Hwy 17 and Cypress Gardens Blvd. in reference to a man walking and pointing a gun in the air and in various directions.
As officers were responding, they located a man matching the callers’ description in the area of Ave. R SW., with what appeared to be a rifle in his hands.
Officers ordered him to stop, the man ran into an area of dense vegetation.
Multiple officers ran after him and were able to catch up with him and take him into custody after he dropped the weapon. The man was identified as 24-year-old Andrew Bradley, who police say is homeless.
As Bradley was being detained, another call came into dispatch from workers at Tire Choice, located at the corner of Hwy 17 and Ave. R SW.
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Police say, two workers reported that they were in one of the garage bays when a man pointed a rifle at them from approximately 200 yards away on the south side of the business.
They told police that the man then began running towards them pointing the weapon straight at them, and they both fled to the rear of the building. Neither man was injured, according to police.
One of the workers was able to identify Bradley as the man who ran towards him pointing the rifle at him and his co-worker.
Officers searched Bradley upon his arrest and also found a needle with a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. The weapon Bradley pointed was determined to be a pellet gun.
Bradley was booked into the Polk County Jail on the following charges: F.S.S. 784.021(1) (A)-Aggravated assault with deadly weapon without the intent to kill (x2) F.S.S. 843.02.-Resiting officer without violence F.S.S. 893.13(6A) – Possession of methamphetamine F.S.S. 893.147 (1) – Possession of drug paraphernalia.
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