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Broken heart, beer, inspired Fla., gunman

Nov. 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM   |   Comments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A man accused of firing a rifle randomly from his boat at a Jacksonville, Fla., marina, told police a combination of beer and a broken heart made him do it.

James Wayland, 51, was locked up this week on $55,000 bail after he allegedly took pot shots from his boat docked at a marina near the Main Street bridge, police said.

The arrest report said Wayland told arresting officers he was upset over his relationship with a woman and had been drowning his sorrows with about 16 beers before he decided to squeeze off a few rounds into the air and in the general direction of the bridge.

Wayland responded to demands for his surrender by making a rude gesture at the officers onshore, but then reconsidered and rowed ashore without his weapon. He was arrested on charges of firing a gun while under the influence, The Florida Times-Union said.

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