Sunday, July 22, 2018
Public safety

Sheriff: Man said he was Jesus Christ — then threw chair at deputy

NEW PORT RICHEY — A man told deputies he was Jesus Christ — right before he threw a chair at them and was subdued by a Taser, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel Watson, 45, faces charges of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.

The incident took place at about 5:15 p.m. when deputies arrived at Watson’s home at 6045 Seventh Ave., according to the arrest report. It doesn’t say why deputies were at the home. Watson said his name was "Jesus Christ," that he was "in a good place in life" and a "carefree soul," the report said.

Then he "abruptly" asked the deputy to leave. The deputy said they left the home, but Watson was still upset. He "aggressively approached" a deputy, the report said, picked up a chair and threw it in the deputy’s direction.

Watson then threw his sandal at another deputy. "I deployed my Taser," a deputy wrote in the report, and then took Watson into custody.

He was first taken to a medical facility in Trinity, then to the Pasco County jail. Watson started uttering random words and quoting Bible verses.

At the jail, the report said Watson threatened to harm the deputy. When they took the handcuffs off Watson, the report said, he twice tied to punch a detention deputy. He was being held in jail Tuesday in lieu of $17,500 bail.

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