Deputies: Florida man fires shots at neighbor, says he's Jesus Christ

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) - A Sarasota, Florida man is facing charges after deputies say he fired several shotgun rounds at a neighbor in his apartment complex.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, Sarasota County deputies were called to the apartment complex on Maceachen Boulevard near Helene Street. They say the victim called 911 and said someone had fired four rounds at him while he was riding his bike.

The victim told deputies he was riding home after renting a movie when he noticed a man, later identified as 57-year-old Charles Herr, outside holding a shotgun.


When the victim rode past, deputies say Herr fired a shot at him. After the shot was fired, the victim says he continued pedaling away and yelled, "I live here, I live here!"

According to an arrest report, the victim then heard Herr say he was Jesus Christ before two more shots were fired at him. The victim told deputies Herr fired a fourth round at him as he opened the door to his apartment. 

The victim, who was not injured, told deputies he has lived at his apartment for more than two years and has never had an encounter with Herr.

Detectives who responded to the scene found four shotgun rounds and a shattered sliding glass door at the apartment building directly across from Herr's apartment. The sheriff's office says six projectiles that were consistent with the ammunition Herr was using were found inside the apartment and on the patio.

During a search of Herr's apartment, detectives found several firearms and ammunition.

Herr was then taken into custody and taken to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. While he was there, deputies say he was alone in the interview room and spontaneously said he was shooting blanks and live rounds.

Herr is facing charges for shooting into an occupied dwelling and aggravated assault with a weapon. More charges are pending.


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