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Palm Coast man arrested after allegedly firing gun in public

Also in the Observer: Stepfather allegedly pulls gun on stepson after arguing over how to open the garage door of their Palm Coast home.
by: Ray Boone Sports Editor

A Palm Coast man was arrested after allegedly firing a gun in public on Sunday, Sept. 10, according to a charging affidavit from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

William Shenton was in his driveway at his home, located at 11 Powder Horn Drive, when he saw what was a possible fire down the road.

Shenton, his sons and a friend ran down the road. When they arrived at a house located at 3 Powder Horn Drive, two dogs ran out the open front door and off the property after them. Shenton said the man who lived there, 32-year-old Christopher Hetzel, came out into the yard and fired a 40-caliber handgun, according to the affidavit.

Hetzel told deputies he fired a “warning shot” because it was dark and he didn’t know what the people outside his house were doing.

According to deputies, Hetzel had been drinking earlier that day.

Hetzel was taken to the Flagler County Inmate Facility and faces charges of disorderly conduct, firing a firearm while intoxicated, firing a firearm in public and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Stepfather allegedly pulls gun on stepson after argument over opening garage door

Eugene Dionne. Photo courtesy of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office

An argument between a 67-year-old man and his 32-year-old stepson ended in deputies being called and an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, according to a charging affidavit by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday, Sept. 11, Kevin Santos and his stepfather, Eugene Dionne, were arguing at their home, located at 45 Pilgrim Drive in Palm Coast, because Santos was unable to open the garage the way Dionne wanted him to.

Dionne said he was going to shoot Santos in the head to which Santos replied, “go ahead,” according to the affidavit.

Dionne went into his room and came back with a small, black handgun in his left hand. Santos told deputies that Dionne walked toward him with the gun saying he was “going to put a bullet in his head.”

Dionne’s wife and Santos’ mother, Dianna, got in between the two men. Santos fled from the home on foot shortly after, according to the affidavit.

Santos gave a written, sworn statement of the incident to deputies, stating he wished to pursue charges against Dionne, that his stepfather is not mentally stable and that Santos was in fear for his life when Dionne went to get the gun.

Dionne was placed under arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and taken to the FCIF.

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