We are learning new details about a tense armed standoff between former Trump campaign chairman Brad Parscale and Fort Lauderdale police at his home on Sunday.
According to the Florida Sun-Sentinel, Parscale was drunk and agitated when officers showed up to his property responding to a call from his wife who had fled their home, fearing for her life after an argument in which Parscale loaded a round into a pistol.
She told the 911 dispatcher that she heard a gunshot shortly after leaving the home and thought her husband was going to kill himself.
“Bradley’s speech was slurred as though he was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and he seemed to be crying,” Officer Skaggs, the first officer on the scene wrote in his report. He also noticed bruising on Candice Parscale’s face and arm which she said was caused by Brad Parscale a week earlier.
Skaggs tried unsuccessfully to get Parscale to exit the house. The situation was so tense that a SWAT team and a hostage negotiator eventually showed up at the Parscales’ home. This went on for some time until Parscale’s personal friend Fort Lauderdale police officer Christopher Wilson arrived on the scene. He was able to coax Trump’s ex-campaign manager out of his house.
He was ordered to get on the gound but did not comply and was ultimately tackled by SWAT officers in his driveway wearing only a pair of shorts.
Parscale was taken to the hospital where he was committed for psychiatric evaluation under Florida’s Baker Act.
Candice told the Fort Lauderdale police that Brad Parscale had been “stressed out” over the previous two weeks, “drinks alcohol, “suffers from PTSD” and had a gun collection in their home. Officers took 10 firearms from Parscale’s home, including multiple pistols, a shotgun and a rifle.
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