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Man allegedly pulls a gun — possibly fake — at Circle K convenience store after argument

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Terry Carter, 52, argued with the victim, then left and came back with a handgun, according to a Sheriff's Office report.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

A Palm Coast man pulled a gun — possibly a fake one — on another man at a gas station after the two men, who knew each other before the incident, got into an argument, according to a Flagler County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Deputies got a call about a disturbance at the Circle K at the intersection of Palm Coast Parkway Northwest and Belle Terre Parkway at about 3 p.m. July 2. Dispatch reported that a man had pulled a gun, then left.

One deputy went to the Braddock Lane, Palm Coast home of the suspect, 52-year-old Terry Carter, while others went to the gas station to speak with the victim. 

Carter told a deputy that he'd been talking to the other man, a 36-year-old Bunnell resident, and the two men began to argue. Carter felt threatened, he said, and went to his house and got a gun — he told the deputy it was fake — then returned to the gas station and pulled the gun to scare the other man, according to the arrest report.

The victim "stated he was just having a verbal argument with (Carter) at the Circle K and thought the argument was over when (Carter) left the gas station," but that "(Carter) returned in his vehicle and pulled out a gun, cocked it, and pointed it at (the victim)," according to the arrest report. 

The victim ducked and ran. His girlfriend, who was at the convenience store during the incident, also told deputies that Carter had cocked the firearm. 

A deputy who was reviewing the convenience store's surveillance footage told the deputy who was interviewing Carter that the footage showed Carter point what appeared to be a real firearm at the victim, according to the arrest report.

Asked about where he'd put the gun, Carter told the deputy at first that he'd thrown it in his son's closet at home. The deputy couldn't find it in the closet.

Carter then said the fake gun was in the house, he wasn't sure where. Then, after 10 minutes of searching, he said he'd lied about it being in the house, and that he'd really thrown it down a gutter down the street on his way home from the gas station. He agreed to show the deputy where. But when the deputy drove him down the street, Carter ultimately "said that he had thrown it out his vehicle to not get in trouble committing the offense of tampering with evidence," according to the arrest report.

A deputy brought out a police dog to check the area for the gun, but didn't find it. "At this time, it is still unknown where the gun is located and whether it is real or fake," a deputy wrote in the arrest report.

Deputies arrested Carter and charged him with aggravated assault and tampering with evidence.

 

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