Washington Co. Sheriff's Office Keeping Parks Safe

Washington Co. Sheriff's Office Keeping Parks Safe

CHIPLEY, Fla. - Safety in area parks is top priority for law enforcement in Washington county.

With summer vacation  just a couple of weeks away more and more children will be outside playing and those county parks will fill up.

"The safety of our families in our communities along with our children most importantly is a top priority for the Washington county sheriff's office," said Kristin Martin, WCSO Public Information Officer.

Martin said their deputies check around parks, year round.

"They routinely make patrols around these parks and the areas that are surrounding them to make sure that we are giving our children and our families the safest places available to them," Martin said.

On one of those routine patrols this week, deputies arrested 42-year-old, Chipley resident, Marion Guster.

"He was located at the St. Joseph's Park on Monroe Sheffield Road," Martin said.

St. Josephs Park is located between Chipley and Wausau.

It's a very rural area, so, when officials saw Guster roaming the park, they stopped to check on him.

"As deputies approached Guster, they were very concerned with his well being," said Martin. "Attempted to make contact with him and were responded to with a very agitated demeanor."

Officials said Guster told them he had a firearm in his backpack.

During a search of the bag, deputies found three handguns.

"Two were loaded and one did have a round located in the chamber," Martin said. "All three weapons were very accessible and were not properly holstered."

Guster told authorities he had a valid Florida concealed weapons permit, but deputies couldn't verify that permit.

Guster was arrested and booked in the Washington county jail on one charge of carrying a concealed weapon and an active warrant out of Leon county.

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