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Hernando deputies talk man into putting down handgun, knife

James Rapp, 38, came out of a house with a gun and yelled “shoot me” toward the deputies.

James Rapp, 38, came out of a house with a gun and yelled “shoot me” toward the deputies.

BROOKSVILLE — A 38-year-old man threatened two Hernando County sheriff's deputies with a handgun Monday night after they were called to a domestic disturbance west of Brooksville, authorities say.

Then the man pulled a butcher knife out of his shorts, waving it at the deputies, according to the Sheriff's Office.

In both cases, Sgt. Scott Lamia and Deputy Daniel Snyder were able to talk the man into putting down his weapons.

Eventually, James Rapp was subdued, arrested and charged with two counts of resisting an officer, two counts of simple assault and one count of domestic battery.

It could have ended a lot differently.

The call came in just after 9 p.m. The deputies showed up at 8362 Silverbell Loop, in the Spring Ridge subdivision.

Speaking with a 12-year-old in the front doorway, they saw Rapp leave the kitchen and walk into a area hidden by the living room wall.

The deputies went inside the house, repeatedly announcing "Sheriff's Office."

Moments later, Rapp came around a corner with a gun in his right hand. He began to point it at the two deputies, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The deputies couldn't go for cover, according to Snyder's arrest affidavit, and were "left exposed in the living room."

They began to yell, "Put down the gun."

Rapp yelled "shoot me" several times toward the deputies, according to an arrest affidavit.

They didn't.

They continued to tell the man to put the gun down. After hesitating, he finally agreed.

Lamia and Snyder moved in for the arrest.

That's when he pulled out "a large butcher-style knife" from the right side of his shorts. He started waving it around in a threatening manor, according to the affidavit.

Again, the deputies ordered him to drop his weapon.

He put it down.

After a physical struggle, the officers put Rapp in handcuffs.

After the arrest, Rapp told deputies he did not remember what happened because he "blacked out," according to the Sheriff's Office.

Rapp was being Tuesday at the Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of $6,500 bail.

He previously was convicted of battery in June 2012.

Danny Valentine can be reached at or (352) 848-1432. On Twitter: @HernandoTimes.

Hernando deputies talk man into putting down handgun, knife 03/05/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 6:02pm]
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