A Homosassa, Florida man was arrested after posing as a Citrus County deputy and holding a pair at gunpoint throughout a house invasion.
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office stated 32-year-old Eric William Johnson was pushed to a residence on July 19 by Maynard David Selvog, and after they arrived, Johnson received out of the automobile whereas carrying an AR-15 type rifle that turned out to be an “Air-Soft” rifle.
After exiting the automobile, Johnson knocked on the door of a camper and allegedly shouted, “Citrus County Sheriff’s Department.”
He informed the victims to exit the camper as he pointed the rifle at them, and believing he was a man of the regulation, they complied.
Johnson continued to carry the 2 victims at gunpoint, the sheriff’s workplace stated, and at one level the feminine sufferer tried to name 911, although Johnson took the cellphone away.
As quickly as Johnson grew to become distracted, the male sufferer ran to a close-by dwelling for assist and informed police he seen Selvog sitting within the driver’s seat of an SUV that was positioned close to the highway.
Johnson chased the person to the close by dwelling then kicked within the door to realize entry to the house.
The home-owner, the sufferer and Johnson received right into a combat inside the house, police stated, and the home-owner was in a position to disarm Johnson and hit him within the head with the butt of the weapon.
Selvog and Johnson fled the property, however deputies positioned Selvog at a close-by residence, who disclosed the place Johnson was hiding.
Johnson, police stated, was hiding in a close-by shed and when deputies positioned him, he was holding a gun to his head.
After a number of makes an attempt to get Johnson to adjust to deputy orders, Ok-9 Odie was in a position to apprehend the suspect.
Police stated when Odie grabbed Johnson, he put the gun below the canine’s chin and pulled the set off, nevertheless it malfunctioned. He tried to shoot the canine a second time, although the gun malfunctioned once more.
Deputies stepped in and apprehended Johnson earlier than transporting him to a close-by hospital the place he was handled for accidents.
Johnson has been charged with dwelling invasion theft whereas armed, two counts of kidnapping to commit a felony, housebreaking of a dwelling whereas armed, aggravated assault on an individual older than 65, aggravated assault with a lethal weapon, impersonating regulation enforcement, battery on a police canine and resisting arrest.
Selvog was additionally arrested and charged with home-invasion theft whereas armed and principal within the first diploma. He was held on $50,000 bond.
Johnson was held on $201,000 bond and is being held on the Citrus County Detention Center.