BIG PINE KEY (CBSMiami) – A reportedly drunken man in the Keys, with a gun visible in his waistband, struggled with deputies but was eventually arrested Tuesday.
Sheriff’s dispatchers were called to an Ace Hardware store with reports of a man who appeared to be intoxicated and was carrying a handgun.
Deputy Scott Ward and Deputy Linda Kohout responded and, upon arrival, found Jeffrey Charron, 43, sitting on the ground outside the business.
The Deputy, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, ordered Charron to put his arms up in the air. Charron, police say, instead began to lower one hand toward the gun. Kohout walked up to him and was able to grab his arm. Ward grabbed the other arm.
Charron struggled when deputies as they tried to arrest him so a corrections officer, who was riding with Kohout on patrol, took control of the gun—which was loaded—and Charron was taken into custody.
Witnesses, according to police, at the store said Charron was struggling to standup. At one point, he reportedly went into the store and sat on the floor but was asked to leave.
Charron was charged with carrying a firearm openly, improper exhibition of a firearm and resisting an officer. He was booked into jail.