Man screams, tries to get through gate at Putnam Sheriff's home after calling 911

Jessica Clark reports. 9/13/2016

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla.—Deputies are investigating after a man reportedly acted erratically, screamed and tried to get through Putnam Sheriff Jeff Hardy's security gate Tuesday morning.

Hardy says that he was inside his home around 7 a.m. when he heard his wife scream from his front yard and then grabbed his service handgun before going out to investigate. When he got outside, he says he saw a man screaming and trying to get through his security gate on his property.

The Sheriff's Office says in a release that Hardy identified himself, told the man he had a gun, and ordered him to leave, which he did. 

As soon as the man was gone from his property, Hardy ordered deputies to find the man and find out what his intentions were. During the course of their investigation, deputies reported that the man had called 911 twice that morning. 

Once at 3:13 a.m., he called to report a speeding vehicle but deputies couldn't find it. While searching for that vehicle, he called again and told the dispatcher he had a gun and was wearing ear muffs.

Deputies were able to get in contact with the man's family, who told law enforcement he wasn't in need of any assistance.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens that they are not to trespass on law enforcement member's private property and if they have need of help to call the Sheriff's Office.


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