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Man accused of threatening to shoot others

— A man accused of waving a sawed-off shotgun around and threatening to shoot people was arrested Wednesday by Sebring police, according to a report released Thursday.

Raheem Shaquille Holmes, 20, 2119 Melady Ave., Sebring, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, improper exhibition of a weapon and possession of a short-barreled weapon.

Events leading to the arrest began after officers responded to a report of an incident on Mandy Circle where a man was threatening to shoot people.

One woman told police that a white SUV pulled up at her residence and that three men got out and were looking for a man who lived there, the report said.

“During this time, one of the subjects (later identified as Holmes) pulled a gun out and started waving it around,” the report said.

Another witness told police that Holmes was “waving it around pointing it at people, saying he was going to shoot at them,” the report said.

Witnesses also told police that before police arrived, Holmes ran from the scene, the report said. Police later arrested Holmes after spotting him exiting a wooded area, the report said.

Officers followed his shoe impressions back into the woods and found a sawed-off double barrel shotgun with numerous shotgun shells, the report said. The gun was loaded with buckshot, the report said.

It noted the gun’s barrels were 9 1/2 inches in length and overall the gun was 16 1/2 inches long.

Holmes admitted that he had the weapon, but denied being involved in the incident where he was accused of pulling out the gun, the report said.


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