Video shows teen pull gun on Florida beach, run into Atlantic in standoff with deputies

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Video shows teen pull gun on Florida beach, run into Atlantic in standoff with deputies

A teenager is being charged as an adult after he allegedly waved a gun on a Florida beach filled with spring breakers and then stood off with deputies who chased him into the Atlantic.

The incident in New Smyrna Beach, a city on Central Florida’s Atlantic coast, happened Thursday afternoon when deputies patrolling the beach, populated with festive spring breakers, came across a fistfight, body camera video showed.

A crowd formed, and from it appeared to emerge a person waving a gun, the video released by the Volusia Sheriff’s Office showed. “He’s got a gun,” people in the crowd shouted.

The teen ran from deputies, who ordered him to drop the firearm, and ended up in the ocean steps away, the video showed.

Deputies trained their handguns on the suspect, who also had a bag in hand, before he was persuaded to drop his gun, raise his hands and come to dry sand to surrender peacefully, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The recovered bag contained 20 smaller bags of cannabis, it said.

The suspect surrendered about 5 minutes after deputies first confronted him on the sand, the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff's deputies point their guns at a 16-year-old who ran into the water after pulling a gun on a crowded beach in Volusia County, Florida.
Sheriff’s deputies point their guns at a 16-year-old who ran into the water after he pulled a gun on a crowded beach in Volusia County, Fla. Volusia Sheriff’s Office

R.J. Larizza, the state prosecutor for the region, identified the suspect Friday as a 16-year-old boy. Larizza said adult charges have been filed, which he didn’t specify.

NBC News isn’t naming the teen because he is a minor.

The sheriff’s office said the boy was arrested and booked on suspicion of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a person under 18, improper exhibition of a firearm, commission of a second-degree felony with a weapon, resisting a law enforcement officer, tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana for sale.

The office also said he has seven active warrants from Orange County, Florida, based on allegations that include robbery with a firearm and violation of probation.

It’s not clear whether the suspect has retained counsel. The state public defender’s office for the region didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Larizza said he has ordered the suspect transferred from the custody of state juvenile authorities to the Volusia County Jail.

“This 16-year-old brought drugs and a gun to Volusia County during spring break,” Larizza said in a statement. “He will now face adult charges and serious consequences for his reckless actions. We welcome spring breakers, so long as they behave themselves.”

Dennis Romero

Dennis Romero is a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital. 

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