Soldier fires on deputy, then asks to be shot

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PONCE DE LEON – A 25-year-old man who’d called his Army platoon sergeant and told him he was going to kill himself was arrested after deputies arrived and found he’d threatened the lives of others.

The platoon sergeant told Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies he’d heard gunshots during the call.

The suspect also called another soldier and threatened to kill himself and his family, according to his arrest report.

When the first deputy arrived he saw the suspect walk away from the road to the house.

As he continued toward the house, he heard seven shots that appeared to be fired in his direction.

He took cover and waited for other deputies to arrive.

The suspect was told to raise his hands and did as directed. But he would not answer questions about who else might be in the house and asked deputies to shoot him, the report said.

Later, he told all the deputies he would find their families and “kill them all.”

He had been drinking, they noted.

They found numerous shell casings that seemed to indicate he’d been shooting from the house toward the road.

He was placed under arrest for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and discharge of a firearm while intoxicated.

They found the handgun under a bed. The report did not indicate whether anyone else was in the house.

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