“I used to be up in the DC area. They had Marion Barry up there. This is Port Richey’s version. An individual that you wouldn’t believe should be in office and this is what happened,” said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco. “He shot at our members. He’s lucky he’s not dead.”
Florida Man strikes again, this time in Pasco County, just north of Tampa. But the miscreant in this jaw-dropper wasn’t the typical meth-addled tweaker or champion toilet-tosser. No, the Florida Man in this case was Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad.
Massad is no stranger to local law enforcement.
Last year, ABC Action News reported in depth on Mayor Massad’s legal troubles.
We found that police had been called to his home dozens of times.
Then in August he and a girlfriend were both arrested on domestic violence charges.
Massad later told us that was one of the worst experiences of his life.
“The main thing I learned from the jail is I don’t want to go back,” he said.
That lesson doesn’t seem to have made as much of an impression as he said. He’s also a long-time irresponsible gun owner.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office says Massad was a known drug user and had guns in the house.
He admitted to us he’d even fired a gun inside.
“I shot one of my smoke detectors because I couldn’t get up there to get it. It wouldn’t go off and it was 3 a.m.,” Massad said.
Thursday morning, officers arrived to serve a search warrant in connection with a charge of practicing medicine without a license (he’d lost his license over a quarter century ago) and insurance fraud. That’s when he opened fire on the cops who were still outside from a second story window.
No one was apparently hit by the gunfire. Massad was arrested and is now facing a charge of attempted murder.
On Friday Massad officially resigned. according to the Pasco County Supervisor of Election’s Office. This comes after Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order suspending Massad.
Just another day in the Sunshine State.