CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Tampa’s ABC affiliate reports:

Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad is charged with attempted murder after shooting at a Pasco County SWAT team Thursday morning.

“I used to be up in the DC area. They had Marion Barry up there. This is Port Richey’s version. An individual that you wouldn’t believe should be in office and this is what happened,” said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco. “He shot at our members. He’s lucky he’s not dead.”

Now, Massad has been charged with attempted murder. “Nobody is above the law. It doesn’t matter what your position is. Everybody is going to be held accountable,” said Nocco.

The Miami Herald reports:

This played out at 4:40 a.m. as the sheriff’s office was helping serve a search warrant at the home of Massad, who was under investigation by FDLE for practicing medicine without a license. He hasn’t been a doctor for just over 26 years. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office knows Massad from previous dealings, most recently a domestic violence arrest.

According to Nocco, when the SWAT team approached and announced their presence, deputies could see Massad holding a gun. Nocco said Massad fired two rounds at deputies and they chose to surround the house. Others inside the house came out, but Massad remained inside. Deputies were preparing to use gas, Nocco said, when Massad surrendered.