Man accused of pointing gun at two teens

Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 8:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 8:48 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Sunday morning after allegedly pointing a loaded gun at two juveniles who had been walking in the cow pasture across the street from his home.

Scott Douglas Parker, 42, approached a 15-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy as they returned to their parked car, located near 5531 NW 34th St., at about 1 a.m.

Parker, of 5519 NW 34th St., pointed a loaded handgun at the teen boy's head, told them he was a deputy and ordered them to the ground, police said.

Parker took the keys to their vehicle and informed the teens that he would shoot them if they moved.

He walked away to tell his neighbor that he had the two in custody. The neighbor then called the police, according to a report.

Parker kept both teens face-down on the ground until law enforcement arrived at about 1:15 a.m. When police arrived, Parked tried to go back inside his residence. He told police he was never in possession of a handgun. A loaded handgun was later found beneath a seat inside his vehicle, police said.

Police arrested Parker and collected his handgun.

According to GPD, Parker may have been attempting suicide right before pointing the gun at the teens. Police believe he had been sitting in his truck, which was rigged with a hose connected from the exhaust to the inside of the vehicle. The truck was located in the driveway of his house.

Parker's three children, ages 2, 9 and 22, were home at the time. They told police they were unaware the incident had taken place, and had only heard Parker yelling that kids were parked in the area again. Parker's wife was out of state at the time, police said.

Parker's children told police that Parker is ill and unemployed. Several neighbors said Parker has recently been acting strangely. Police notified DCF of the situation.

Parker was booked in the Alachua County Jail with a $4.5 million bond. He will face charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse, false imprisonment and impersonating law enforcement.

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