A Good Way to Get Yourself Shot: Wrap a Water Gun in Black Electrical Tape

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Neal Pittard, 49, was arrested Tuesday morning following an incident that started around 5:20 p.m. Monday at the Hungry Howie’s at 491 N. State Road 434, according to the Altamonte Springs Police Department.

After the seven-hour police standoff, officers said they entered the shop and found a “small blue water gun wrapped in black electrical tape.” Police did not mention any other weapon being found in the restaurant.

According to an arrest report, Pittard’s wife had informed authorities that her husband was at the Hungry Howie’s and had made suicidal threats.

Pittard entered the pizza shop and quickly grew agitated, waving around “a small black object, which appeared to be a firearm,” the report shows. …

According to an arrest report Pittard held the alleged firearm up to the hostage’s head multiple times throughout negotiations as he made demands of the responding law enforcement agencies.

– Samantha Dunne in Water Gun Found at Scene of Altamonte Springs Pizza Shop Hostage Standoff, Police Say

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Sure would be embarrassing if your scheme was discovered by people in the joint who then beat the ever-living shit out of you and then tossed you out the door.

    • I was kind of thinking the same thing. If some dude ever tries to take me hostage with a plastic water gun wrapped in electrical tape, his day will not end well.

  2. Appears this person was attempting suicide by cop. On one hand he didn’t get his wish on the other hand now taxpayer dollars have to be spent on this guy.

  3. “A Good Way to Get Yourself Shot: Wrap a Water Gun in Black Electrical Tape”

    Well, the article does tell us that the suspect’s wife reported her husband as suicidal to police. If your goal is “suicide by cop”, then wrapping a water gun in black electrical tape may just be the ticket.

  4. What if we try going in the other direction: using plastic water gun parts (and wild colors of electrical tape) to camouflage a real firearm?

    F.Y.I. some guy tried that in California (greater Los Angeles area I think) a few years back and he failed to fool the local police.

  5. A lot wrong with this, but I don’t have time just this minute. At least he wasn’t called Florida Man. Probably not a Cracker anyway. Crackers carry firearms. Loaded firearms. Mostly on their persons. We welcome others to do the same.

  6. It’s not what the “gun” looks like, but what you do with it.
    Point something that looks like an inert training “blue gun” at a hostage’s head and you should get shot. Don’t go making felonious threats with something that looks like a real Glock and you shouldn’t get shot.

    According to an arrest report Pittard held the alleged firearm up to the hostage’s head multiple times throughout negotiations as he made demands of the responding law enforcement agencies.

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