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Heavily armed man goes into rage over parking ticket

Clearwater, Florida -- A Clearwater man goes on the attack after getting a parking ticket, and officers quickly learn he has an arsenal of weapons and ammo in his car.

Clearwater police say Son Uong, 37, was so angry over the ticket on Saturday that he used his car to block a parking enforcement officer from leaving the parking lot, then tried pulling the parking enforcement officer out of his city vehicle.

The first police officer who arrived on scene says he heard Uong say, "Someone is going to die today."

The Clearwater officer was able to calm him down until back-up arrived, and arrested the suspect.

Uong reportedly had a fully loaded Glock handgun in his pocket, plus an assault rifle in the trunk of his car that officers say was "poised for quick access" and another loaded handgun in the glove box. 

They also found three magazines for the Glock and eight high-capacity magazines for the other guns.

"It could have been a much more dangerous situation," says Joelle Castelli with the City of Clearwater. "Because of the quick thinking of the parking enforcement officer and the quick arrival of the police, we were able to probably deter anything else from happening."

He is a convicted felon, dating back to the 1990s when he committed a burglary. That's why he was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in addition to battery of a parking enforcement officer and carrying a concealed firearm. 

He was also being held Monday at the Pinellas County Jail on a burglary charge. Castelli says that was one of the charges pressed because the suspect forced his way into the parking enforcement officer's vehicle.


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