Man Assaults Military Veterans with Shotgun, Tries to Run Over Sheriff’s Deputy
SPRING HILL – Chaos erupted on Spring Hill Drive today, after a man threatened several people with a shotgun and nearly ran over a Sheriff’s Deputy.
According to official, around 1:30 p.m. a male suspect pulled next to a pickup truck that was stopped in the westbound turn lane of Mariner Blvd at Spring Hill Drive, and began screaming at two men inside the truck. Officials say the suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Adam Michael Goodman of Hudson, yelled “You’re all traitors and you better change your lifestyle.” Goodman then pointed a loaded shotgun at the victims and said “Don’t you do it or I’ll take you out.” Goodman then fled westbound on Spring Hill Drive and the victims called 911 and followed the suspect from a distance.
Officials say deputies responded from both directions of Spring Hill Drive and eventually caught up with the Goodman at Waterfall Drive, where he stopped for a short time. When deputies began to approach the vehicle, a rented white Chrysler 300, he pointed the shotgun at deputies and continued to flee westbound. Deputies laid down spike strips at Deltona Blvd but as Goodman approached the intersection he swerved and intentionally tried to strike a deputy. Officials say Goodman came so close to hitting the deputy that he was forced to jump over the hood of a patrol car.
Deputies continued the chase until Goodman’s vehicle became inoperable in front of the shopping plaza at Kass Circle. At that point Goodman surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.
We spoke to two victims, Mark Thomas, a military veteran and former police officer, and Paul Harter, also a military veteran and driver of the pickup truck, who say they believe Goodman targeted them because they are military veterans. Harter says “He pointed at me because I have the symbols on my back window and because I was ex-military.” Harter’s pickup truck has several military stickers in the back window and a Navy vehicle tag.
Officials say Goodman never fired the weapon and there are no reports of injuries.
Goodman will be charged with 3-counts of aggravated assault, 2-counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana, and resisting without violence, after he spit on medical staff at a local hospital. Goodman was transported to the hospital for evaluation before being booked into the Hernando County Jail.
Officials say Goodman has a history of violence against law enforcement.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused Goodman to go on a violent rampage.
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