Man displays loaded rifle amid argument, gets arrested


Published: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 6:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 6:12 p.m.

A Gainesville man who was upset that his roommate took offense to a racist comment that he made was arrested early Saturday on allegations he fetched a loaded rifle and suggested he would use it, the Alachua County Sheriff Office reported.

William Keith Dye, 39, of 211 Bishop Drive, was charged with use of a firearm under the influence of alcohol, the arrest report states.

The incident was reported about 2 a.m. Saturday at Dye's mobile home. A witness said Dye and his two roommates were in a loud verbal altercation. The witness told authorities she saw Dye get a rifle from his home and stand by his car yelling "You know I would, you know I would." The woman told deputies she feared for her life.

Under questioning by deputies, Dye said he got into an argument with a roommate because the roommate was offended by a racist comment he had made earlier. Dye admitted getting the gun, the report states, and that he and his roommates were intoxicated.

The gun was a Rossi .357-caliber, lever-action rifle loaded with six rounds of Speer 38 hollow points, deputies said. A round was in the chamber, the report states.

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