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One Charged After Brooksville Demonstration

David Allen Howell | Hernando sheriff | Arrests

Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis said the event was peaceful.

BROOSKVILLE – A Zolpho Springs man was arrested Friday (June 5) after he failed to drop a machete and fled from deputies, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

David Allen Howell, 34, of Zolpho Springs, was charged with one count each of Resisting Arrest without Violence and Improper Exhibition of a Dangerous Weapon.

Howell’s arrest came after a demonstration that included Black Lives Matters protestors and counter protestors. In a statement released after the demonstration, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis described the event as peaceful. It is not clear which side Howell was on.

Nienhuis’ statement:

“Members of the sheriff’s command staff met with event organizers in the days prior to the event to discuss the event, the safety of everyone involved in the event and anyone who may be in the area, and the HCSO’s expectation that the event would be conducted peacefully and legally.

“Individuals began arriving at the Hernando County Courthouse and at the Hernando Park in the city of Brooksville just after 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., when the organized event at the courthouse officially started, there were between 200 and 250 people in attendance.

“During the event, several individuals became passionate about their feelings; however, cooler heads prevailed. There were no incidents of physical violence or attempts to damage to property.

“As the crowd began to disperse, one individual in attendance attempted to incite an altercation. Unbeknownst to the suspect, deputies witnessed the event and proceeded to attempt to make contact with him.

“As deputies were still in the process of approaching the suspect, the suspect pulled a machete from his pants. The suspect fled from deputies while brandishing the machete. Deputies ordered the suspect to stop running and drop the machete, to which he failed to comply.

“A deputy deployed his Taser in order to bring the situation under control. The suspect was taken into custody before anyone was injured.”

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