LARGO — Sherry Lowrey had dealt with angry tenants before, but until Thursday she never had a gun pointed at her face.
The Clearwater Realtor had plans Thursday to show a four-unit apartment house at 14924 113th Ave. N to prospective buyers. When she arrived, Timothy V. Lee, the only tenant who was home, said he wanted her gone.
"He was very belligerent," Lowrey said. "He was making all kinds of nasty comments to us. I advised him that we had given him 48 hours notice that we would be showing the units."
Lee, 44, had none of it. Lowrey brushed him off. But when she returned a short time later with her second client, Lee pulled a gun, Pinellas deputies said.
"I can't believe you're back in here," Lee said, according to Lowrey. He pointed the weapon at Lowrey's client, then at her, she said. Then he chased them out of the home.
Lowrey stood outside and argued with him near the front porch, telling him not to point the gun at her. "I have a right to have this gun," Lee said. "I have a permit."
"You don't have a right to point it at me," Lowrey said she replied.
She and her client quickly left. She called 911 and deputies soon arrived and surrounded the home. Deputies set up a perimeter in and tried to phone Lee multiple times. He did not cooperate at first, but eventually surrendered, officials said.
Lee was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault.
Lowrey heard from her property manager that Lee was about to be evicted. Lowrey said that his girlfriend told her that he drinks a lot and lost his job.