Deputies Say Barricaded Man Pointed Gun at Them
A police dog captured the man who will be charged when he is medically cleared, Hernando deputies said.
SPRING HILL – An armed man who barricaded himself into an apartment complex was peacefully taken into custody Sunday (March 31) when a K-9 took him to the ground, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
Peter McAfee, 40, was treated at the scene for dog bites, then taken to a trauma center for additional medical attention. Once medically cleared, McAfee will be charged with two counts each of Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and one count each of Burglary, Domestic Battery, and Criminal Mischief (felony).
Deputies said they were called to the Hibiscus Springs apartment complex on Barclay Avenue in Spring Hill for a report that someone was threatening self harm. Deputies cordoned off the area around the south end of south end of Swordfish Lane and asked residents who were not evacuated to stay indoors.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m., McAfee entered the doorway (main entry/exit) of the apartment he had been barricaded in. McAfee had done so earlier in the evening but had gone back inside the apartment.
Deputies, using a PA system, continued trying to persuade McAfee to exit the apartment with his hands in the air. They also ordered McAfee to drop the handgun he had tucked into the waistband of his pants and to surrender. McAfee refused to do so.
McAfee stepped out of the doorway and pointed the handgun at deputies before retreating back to the doorway.
Deputy J. Weeks and K-9 Meck were waiting nearby. Weeks deployed Meck to take McAfee into custody. Meck took McAfee to the ground.
When deputies took McAfee into custody, they said, he was armed with one handgun, one butcher knife, and one other knife.
Photo courtesy of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
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