A Federal Gun Charge Could Be Filed Against SWAT Standoff Suspect
Published June 3rd, 2014
A federal gun charge could be added to the list of charges for a Marion County man who fired more than 50 rounds at a SWAT team over the weekend.
A search warrant of Dustin Heathman's residence in Williston revealed that he had stockpiled semi-automatic weapons, ammunition and Nazi memorabilia.
The automatic weapon Heathman is accused of using to shoot at SWAT team members is being sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to determine if a federal gun charge can be added to Heathman's lengthy rap sheet.
The investigation is still on-going but questions on if Heathman had any white supremacist affiliations are still being looked at.
"You have to remember this individual spent a lot of time in prison so I'm sure that he may have affiliations there," said Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair.
"His statement was that he was anti-government. He did not want to let anyone come and arrest him. His initial place was to shoot as many officers as he could and then die by suicide by cop," said Major Tommy Bibb of Major Crimes.
Sheriff Blair said Heathman's apprehension may have thwarted a future attack he might have been preparing for.
Heathman is currently charged with 10 counts of attempted murder on law enforcement officers.
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