Man angry at speeders waves BB gun

April 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM
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MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- Florida police said a man who was upset with drivers speeding by his home engaged in a brief standoff with police while wielding what turned out to be a BB gun.

Melbourne Beach police said they responded to the intersection of Riverside Drive and Palm Avenue about 6 p.m. on a report of a man striking a stop sign with a gardening tool, Florida Today reported Thursday.

Police said they arrived to see the man climb to the roof of his home and shout at motorists for speeding while waving around a rifle, which was later determined to be a BB gun.

Officers said they convinced the man to drop the gun and he then locked himself inside a screened-in patio area. The man gave himself up after about an hour of negotiating with officers.

Police said the man was taken to Circles of Care Hospital in Melbourne for a mental health evaluation. It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident, police said.

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