Authorities are considering charges against a Florida man who pointed an assault rifle at a Black landscaper over a parking dispute, according to WFLA.
A TikTok caught the shocking moment, which shows an armed David Berry, 44, yelling at 46-year-old Jeremy Lee, the landscaper, after he partially blocked Berry's driveway with the ramp to his trailer. The incident reportedly happened on July 7 when Lee and his daughter, Carrie, were cutting grass on Boylan Avenue.
Within minutes, Berry came out of his house and started shouting at the Black family.
“This is my property, I would’ve shot you dead, and you would've went to jail," Berry is heard telling Lee, who's off-camera.
"This is city property out here," Lee responds.
"No it's not, brother," the 44-year-old retorts.
Carrie filmed the entire argument, but things quickly escalated. The footage then cuts to Berry walking out with an assault rifle.
"This is my property," Berry talks over Lee. "You are not allowed to block my driveway." Even when Lee says he'll move his vehicle and trailer, Berry responds with, "You think I'm playing."
Lee told reporters what scared him the most about the encounter was that his daughter was present.
“I was really worried about her,” Lee said. “I was stunned. I think I said you’re going to kill me in front of my daughter?”
Even Carrie feared that Berry would take her father's life.
“I thought he was going to take my dad’s life, honestly,” the daughter recounts to WFLA. “Then I was like, ‘Well, if you take his, he’s probably going to take mine.'”
Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter confirms the department is investigating the case and plans on presenting it to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office. Berry could face a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm, reporters learned.
"The bottom line is a dispute over parking should never have escalated to something like this," Slaughter says. "If you have a problem with someone partially blocking the driveway, you call the police. You don’t grab a gun like some vigilante."
WFLA also emailed Berry for comment, but he told reporters he needs to speak with his attorney first.