Pasco man tasered after threatening deputies with gun

Suspect told 911 dispatcher he would shoot
Posted at 6:11 PM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 18:11:09-05

Pasco Sheriff’s deputies went to a home on Lindenhurst Drive to investigate a report of a house party with minors present on Sunday.

But the grandfather inside the Wesley Chapel home pulled a gun on them instead, questioning why the deputies were even there.

“Put the gun down on the ground,” deputies are heard yelling on body camera video.




The Sheriff’s Office said they went to the home when they heard a teenage girl was hospitalized after drinking alcohol at a party there.

The party was well over when deputies showed up.

But a combative Roy Roma, 61, said he wasn’t sure who was knocking on his door in the middle of the night, so he pulled out his gun.

He even called 911 to find out what was happening.

“Somebody answer the **** question. I’m fixing to put rounds in them,” he’s heard saying to a dispatcher.

“You walked around my property in the middle of the night. No badges and I asked twice,” Roma said in body camera video.

In the video, you can see deputies trying to talk Roma out peacfully.

But he wouldn’t budge.

“Can you please come out to talk?”
“Get real.”

That’s when deputies pushed in the open door to get Roma.

They used a taser twice to bring the 300 pound man down.

Roma had put the gun away before deputies came in.

And even after he was in cuffs, Roma still insisted they didn’t do a good job of identifying themselves.

Deputies said they were all in uniforms, showing badges and announcing themselves as the Sheriff’s Office.

Roma is charged with aggravated assault and battery on a law enforcement officer.