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Body cam video: Florida man points gun at deputy, says he was ripped off while buying crack

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Tiffini Theisen
Orlando Sentinel

A New Smyrna Beach man pointed a gun at a deputy who responded to a report that he’d fired a gun at a vehicle on his street, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Michael Ferranda, 58, later told authorities that “he was ripped off while buying crack from a drug dealer, so he fired a warning shot,” deputies said.

Neither Ferranda nor law enforcement fired shots after deputies’ arrival in the Friday incident, and no injuries were reported.

Ferranda tossed his revolver on the floor after Deputy Patsch ordered him to drop it. In body cam video the department released Monday, Ferranda is then seen trying to barricade his front door against officers.

The Tatum Boulevard man was eventually subdued and arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon/ammo by a convicted felon and discharging a weapon in public.

“Reminder: Pointing a gun at a law enforcement officer is a good way to get shot,” the sheriff’s office posted on its social media accounts.

The incident was originally reported early Friday evening when a neighbor called 911 after she said she saw Ferranda having a profanity-laced argument with someone in a blue sedan in Ferranda’s driveway.

The witness said that as the driver backed out and drove away, Ferranda pulled a gun out of the waistband of his shorts and fired one or two shots down the road toward the car.

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