Florida prosecutors are considering charges against a brash homeowner who pulled out a rifle during a parking dispute with a landscaper, according to reports.
Jeremy Lee told police he was cutting grass in Clearwater last week with his teenage daughter when irate resident David Berry stormed out of his home.
Berry told Lee to move his trailer because it was partially blocking his driveway and he grabbed a rifle at some point during the heated exchange.
“This is my property,” he said. “You are not allowed to block my property.”
“I said I’d move it,” Lee replies.
“You think I’m playing,” Berry replied.
Berry told officers he only got the gun back after Lee threatened him.
But the landscaper denied the allegations, saying he was surprised Berry thought it necessary to pull out a firearm, especially in front of his daughter.
“I was really worried about her,” he told NBC 8. “I was stunned. I’m like are you serious? I think I said, ‘Are you going to kill me in front of my daughter?’”
Clearwater police officers eventually responded to the scene and later released a statement regarding the exchange.
“We are actively investigating this incident and will present the case to the State Attorney’s Office,” Police Chief Dan Slaughter said.
“The bottom line is that a parking dispute should never have escalated to something like this. If you have a problem with someone partially blocking your driveway, call the police. You don’t grab a gun like a vigilante.”
Berry declined to comment to local reporters.