Deputies: City Employee Battered, Drove Truck at Co-Workers
He became angry when a supervisor at Indian Rocks Beach told him he was being fired, Pinellas deputies said.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – An Indian Rocks Beach city employee was arrested Wednesday (July 10) after he beat up two co-workers and drove a truck at four others after he was told he was being fired, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
One of the co-workers, a 58-year-old man, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No others were injured.
Errol Sylvester Gray, 52, of Wesley Chapel, was charged with four counts of Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle and one count each of Aggravated Battery, Battery, and Resisting Officer without Violence. Deputies said that, when they interviewed Gray, he admitted to battering two employees inside Indian Rocks Beach City Hall. He also told deputies he intended to drive a flatbed truck into City Hall and into the city manager’s office.
Deputies said they were called about 9:03 a.m. to the Indian Rocks Beach City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd., for a report of a disturbance. Deputies were told that an employee was attacking people at the location.
The employee had fled from the scene in a city-owned flatbed truck.
Deputies found the Heavy Duty Ford F-450 flatbed city-owned truck traveling south on Gulf Boulevard at 10th Avenue N. Deputies stopped the truck. Gray was the only one in the truck. Gray was uncooperative with deputies, who said he resisted their efforts to detain him.
Through the course of the investigation, deputies said they learned that Gray worked in the Public Service Department for the city of Indian Rocks Beach. Gray was meeting with a supervisor at City Hall when he was told he was being terminated.
Witnesses told deputies that Gray became angry and battered a 58-year-old man, then a 50-year-old woman who witnessed the incident before he left the building.
Several witnesses heard the commotion inside the office area and ran outside to the front of the City Hall building. They told deputies that Gray got into a Ford F-450 flatbed truck and started driving west on 15th Avenue N. Gray made a U-turn in the truck and returned to the entrance of the city hall building where he drove towards four women who were standing in front of the City Hall. The four women ran from the
flatbed truck and retreated into City Hall.
The women told deputies that Gray drove the truck directly towards them as if he intended to run over them.
Gray fled the scene in the truck and was caught by deputies’ minutes later.
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