Police Say Broward County Gun Owner Feared “Shape-Shift[ing] Neighbor”, FBI Harassment
On Friday March 16 Lighthouse Point police seized the firearms of an unnamed suspect and committed the party to involuntary psychiatric treatment using Florida’s new “Red Flag law” and signed by
Broward Chief Judge Jack Tuter. Image Credit: Melanie Bell
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Broward Chief Judge Jack Tuter’s order states that the unknown party “told officers he ‘was being targeted and burglarized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a neighbor who lives in [his] building. [He] could not describe the neighbor but stated that the neighbor [can] ‘shape shift, he can change heights and I’m notsure where he comes from’ and ‘to be honest, he looks like Osama Bin Laden.’”
Lighthouse Point police claim to have observed “weapons in his home after they were called to check on his welfare. They also found evidence he had ‘a voluminous amount of notes containing numerous references to former President Barack Obama, that he was killed in the 1980s but came back and now murders children to place their spirits into [the man’s] head, is a member of [al-Qaida], and is [the man’s] enemy,’ the judge wrote in his order.”
The individual also “told officers that he had to turn off the electrical breakers because “’they are electrocuting me through my legs.’” Technically the unknown party has not been arrested and so no police record of the action is available for public scrutiny.
“We put the safety of our residents first,” said Lighthouse Point Mayor Glenn Troast. “This is not about the Second Amendment and it’s not about the NRA. We need commonsense gun laws and this is a commonsense gun law that gives police officers new tools they need to help us protect our community.”
The Sun-Sentinel further reports:
Before now, officials who attempted to remove guns from a person they thought was a danger could be removed from office and fined up to $5,000, the mayor said. Troast said he grew up in a law enforcement family, hunted with guns and has a healthy respect for firearms and gun rights.
Lighthouse Point police made the request on March 14, one week after they were called to conduct a welfare check on the man, who they said was behaving strangely at his condominium building. Authorities said it was the latest in a series of encounters law enforcement had with the man, though he has no prior history of arrests in Florida. He had some prior arrests in Pennsylvania, records show.
Police were called after the man turned off the main electrical breakers to the condo building in Lighthouse Point, court records show. The South Florida Sun Sentinel is not identifying the man because of his medical condition.