NewsPasco County


Intoxicated Florida man arrested for firing rifle in public, deputies say

Posted at 12:31 PM, Jun 19, 2019

HUDSON, Fla. — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says a Hudson man is facing charges after he fired a rifle in public while intoxicated.

Deputies say 44-year-old Ronald Shimkus fired three rounds from the gun in the presence of a deputy, after the deputy warned him not to handle any firearms while intoxicated.

PASCO COUNTY NEWS | The latest headlines from Pasco County

It happened Friday around 4:25 a.m. on Old Dixie Highway in Hudson.

According to an arrest report, the deputy was there for an unrelated landlord tenant issue. The deputy says he warned Shimkus not to handle firearms while intoxicated after he found him in possession of a CO2 pepper gun.

The deputy says after the warning, Shimkus went to his home and got the rife then fired it three times saying, "I don't give a f***, I'll go to prison for the rest of my life."

Shimkus was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm in public.