WCSO: Armed Tourist Threatened TDC Worker

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. - A Missouri man was arrested early Monday morning after threatening a Walton County Tourist Development Council employee with a gun, Walton County Sheriff's deputies wrote in a news release.

Deputies said the victim was collecting items left on the beach after hours when he was confronted by the suspect, 43-year-old Richard Chase Murray, of Missouri.

Murray stood in front of the employee’s truck pointing a flashlight and a gun at the victim and threatened to shoot him if he did not allow Murray to retrieve his beach tent, cooler and beach chairs out of the back of the truck.

The victim identified himself as a county employee to Murray and explained that he was enforcing Walton County’s Leave No Trace ordinance, which was implemented to reduce environmental impacts on the beaches of South Walton. The suspect continued to threaten to shoot the county employee if he did not give him his property. After retrieving his belongings from the county vehicle, Murray left the scene.

Murray was later located, arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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