Police say man shot BB gun at security guard

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:19 p.m.

Gainesville Police Department officers arrested a 20-year-old man early Wednesday after they said he shot a B.B. gun at a security guard at an apartment complex.

At about 11 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to The Woodlands of Gainesville complex, located at 1055 SW 62nd Blvd., after a security guard reported being shot at by someone with a small gun, according to a GPD arrest report.

The guard told officers he stopped his car near building 12 to start his patrol when he heard a “snap” and felt something whiz past his head, the report stated. The guard ducked as he heard another shot hit his car. He shined his flashlight where he thought the sound came from but didn’t see anyone.

When officers arrived, they interviewed several neighbors and eventually talked to residents in apartment #1232. They spoke with Matthew Lockwood, who lives in a unit nearby, the report stated. He told officers he visited some friends at the apartment and shot a small B.B. gun at a stop sign from the unit’s balcony.

He said he didn’t see the security guard, the report stated, and when someone flashed a light at him, he went inside the building.

Police found dents on the stop sign but didn’t see any damage to the security guard’s vehicle, which was parked about 25 feet from the sign, the report stated. The guard told police he believed the gun was fired at him intentionally.

Officers arrested Lockwood on a charge of firing a deadly missile at a vehicle and took him to the Alachua County jail, where jail officials booked him into the facility at about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday. Lockwood was released later that day after he posted $15,000 bond.

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