A restaurant manager in Florida pointed two guns, including an AR-15, at a young father during an apparent act of road rage, authorities said.
Britt Meyer, 56, is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill in connection with Friday’s incident with a 25-year-old man in the parking lot at Haszard’s Open Pit Beef in Butler Beach, which Meyer manages, WJXT reports.
Katelin Daugherty told the station that she and her husband, Jamie, were driving with their three children — ages 9, 7 and 4 months — and pulled into the restaurant’s parking lot to make a U-turn after missing their highway exit, allegedly prompting Meyer to erupt.
“Talking about, ‘Move the f— out of my way,’” she told the station. “’Get the f— out of my parking lot.’ He was screaming uncontrollably.”
Daugherty said she and her husband tried to explain that they weren’t from the area, but that didn’t quell the situation, which apparently escalated when Jamie Daugherty opened his door because he couldn’t hear Meyer at the time.
“The next thing you know, you see him reaching for something and he pulls out a pistol,” Daugherty said. “So I pulled out and Mr. Meyer pulled out super-fast behind me. I looked in my rear-view and he had to slam on [his] brakes to stop from slamming into my car.”
Daugherty then pulled into a neighboring parking lot as her husband called police. The situation got even more heated when Meyer then spotted her husband standing in the restaurant’s parking lot while talking to police.
“He gets out with an AR-15,” Daugherty continued. “He has it in his hand and he walks halfway to the middle of the parking lot. He walks back to his SUV and places the AR on his hood to get a better aim on him.”
Deputies arrived shortly thereafter and arrested Meyer, who was later released from the St. Johns County jail on $5,000 bond. Deputies said they found the rifle, with 30 rounds in its magazine, inside the restaurant.
Daugherty’s husband, meanwhile, said he was convinced Meyer was going to open fire as he pointed his rifle, which featured a “red dot-type” scope.
“He had full intentions of shooting and killing me,” he told WJAX.