Deputies say they found a large stash of ammunition and an assault rifle Friday morning inside a Valrico home, where a man engaged in a shootout with authorities.
Deputies arrived to investigate a case of domestic violence, and what they say they found was an enraged suspect.
The man, identified as 45-year-old Allen Harmeyer, pulled out an assault rifle and began firing high-powered rounds, causing damage to marked vehicles.
It all started around 1:10 a.m. when deputies got the call about a domestic dispute. Deputies traded fire with the man, but no one was injured.
Eventually, Harmeyer gave himself up peacefully. Harmeyer now faces a laundry list of charges, including attempted murder on a law enforcement officer.
"With the zero tolerance we've imposed over domestic violence the last few years, most of the time someone goes to jail and these people know that and a lot have nothing to lose, so they'll end up resorting to this type of violence," said Larry McKinnon of the sheriff's office. "And most often law enforcement comes out on the short end of the stick. We're just fortunate tonight we're not planning two funerals for two deputies that could have been easily killed."
Hermeyer's girlfriend suffered some minor bumps and bruises. Deputies say the two had been fighting for quite some time.
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