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‘Someone’s going to die today,’ man told Clearwater officer

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CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

Pinellas sheriff's deputies serving an eviction on Son T. Uong's Clearwater home Monday morning found another weapon and more ammunition.  That is in addition to the arsenal found in Uong's car Saturday afternoon after an altercation with a parking enforcement officer.

Clearwater police said Uong was in a rage after getting a ticket in a Clearwater Beach parking lot Saturday afternoon.  He allegedly spotted a parking enforcement officer, blocked the officer's truck with his own vehicle, and tried to pull 60-year old Norton McGiffen out of his truck. 

McGiffen had already called for assistance on his radio, and police officers arrived on the scene within two minutes. 

"When they got there, they saw the altercation and heard him say, 'Someone's going to die today,'" spokesman Joelle Castilli said Monday afternoon.

Arrest records say the 37-year old Uong resisted being handcuffed.  Officers found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his pants pocket, and "There was a [hand] gun in the glovebox that was concealed but readily accessible if he needed it...and [an assault rifle] in the trunk that was also readily accessible and loaded."

Officers also said they found 348 rounds of ammunition in the car.

"He's a felon" Castilli said, "He's not supposed to have any weapons on him, he does not have a concealed weapons permit."

The arrest affidavits say Uong is unemployed and his felony convictions were in 1994 and 1995.  Coincidentally, a spokesperson for the Pinellas Sheriffs Office said, a bank recently repossessed Uong's home and deputies were scheduled to finalize the eviction Monday morning. 

Clearwater police were also present when deputies arrived early Monday morning. 

"Of course there was in the back of everybody's mind that there may be guns in the home," said sheriff's spokesperson Cecilia Barreda. "We did a search of the home and did in fact find a gun and some ammunition."

That weapon was another semi-automatic handgun. 

Neither law enforcement agency had any knowledge of Uong since his 1994 convictions.  A neighbor described him as her "best neighbor, very quiet." 

Multiple investigations continue. 

"We're currently looking into why he had all these weapons and if he had any plans of doing anything," Castilli continued. 

So far Uong is charged with armed burglary for opening the parking enforcement officer's truck door, battery on that officer, carrying a concealed firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and resisting arrest.

Police provided this list of weapons:

  • A Sig Sauer 556 assault rifle with eight high-capacity magazines and law enforcement/military EOTech with night vision sight, mountable bi-pod, and light
  • A Sig Sauer P238 380-caliber handgun with three magazines
  • Glock 27 40-caliber combat handgun with eight high-capacity magazines
  • 188 rounds of .556/.223 rifle ammunition
  • 142 rounds of .40 auto pistol ammunition
  • 18 rounds of .380 auto pistol ammunition
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