Pasco County Sheriff just gave an update on the arrest. The Sheriff’s PIO described the suspect, identified as Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad, as a known drug user and dealer who had multiple weapons.
Massad fired two rounds at the SWAT team as they entered the home. The team did not return fire, backed down, surrounded the house, and gave orders for the suspect, and anyone inside the home, to come out.
Massad eventually came out peacefully.
The PIO said, “he’s lucky he’s not dead.”
Massad will also face multiple attempted homicide charges after he shot at the SWAT team.
Massad apparently yelled at police that he refused to “go back to jail.”
The PIO believes Massad was on drugs at the time of the raid but did say it’s a possibility knowing his lifestyle and the people he hung around with.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office would not go into detail about the nature of the warrants saying it was part of a FDLE investigation.
A joint operation between the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and FDLE almost turned deadly after a homeowner, identified as Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad, opened fire as SWAT team members raided a Port Richey home.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, neighbors were woken up to four quick ‘pop, pop, pop, pops’ as Massad was brought into custody.
Massad is being charged with practicing medicine without a license.
According to his Facebook page, Massad studied at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
According to Yelp his medical office, which is the same address as his home, is marked as closed.
Shots fired at Pasco Deputies
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office participated in a joint operation with FDLE this morning in Port Richey.
— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) February 21, 2019
Massad was also arrested in August 2018 for domestic violence charges.
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