Americanagg.net reports that, “A Florida man was arrested this week after a Daytona Beach police officer witnessed him throw someone head-first off a 30-foot bridge. Officer Christopher Maher was driving along the Main Street Bridge when he saw what appeared to be a fist fight. As officer Maher was stopping his cruiser, one of the combatants threw the other from the bridge.”
The tosser in the incident was 21-year-old Derrick Goodin.
The tossee, Anthony Mascaro, was apparently trying to defend a woman who Goodin had punched during a dispute about a “prior money exchange” when Mascaro was thrown over the guard rail.
But maybe the most remarkable detail in the bodycam video above happens at the 26 second mark when Goodin disobeys Maher’s order, stands up, turns his back to the cop, and reaches into his waistband.
More than a few officers would then have reasonably assumed that Goodin was going for a gun and promptly ventilated him. Maher, however refrained from pulling the trigger while Goodin threw a container of some no doubt controlled substance over the side and into the drink.
After being thrown from the bridge, Mascaro swam to a nearby pylon and was picked up in a row boat. He suffered a laceration under his right eye, but refused medical attention at the scene. He refused to press charges, but officers charged Goodin anyway saying the violent act “could have prompted a serious injury, or a fatality.”
Goodin has been charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm, misdemeanor battery, and disorderly conduct.