Monday, May 21, 2018
Public safety

Man accused of trying to run down Pasco deputy

PORT RICHEY — In the five or so hours between Michael William Butlin's alleged crime and his arrest facedown in a McDonald's parking lot Friday morning, deputies say four people shot their guns. A man used his truck as a weapon, then as a shield when he aimed at another deputy. Countless shots were fired. Somehow, no one was mortally injured.

The incident began with an argument between Butlin and a neighbor about 11:30 p.m. Thursday in the 7100 block of Colfax Drive in Port Richey, authorities said. At some point, he pulled out a gun and fired at the neighbor.

One.

The neighbor returned fire.

Two.

Neither was hit.

Butlin took off in a truck, but was soon pulled over by Sgt. Jeremy Colhouer of the Pasco Sheriff's office, authorities said. Butlin made a U-turn and parked facing Colhouer's patrol cruiser. Colhouer got out and stood between his own car and its open door. He drew his gun and told Butlin to show him his hands.

Butlin complied at first, the report states, but then his hands disappeared behind the dashboard. The truck lurched toward Colhouer. He fired "several times" at the truck, reports state.

Three.

The truck fled into the night.

Sgt. James Browning caught up with the truck north on U.S. 19, where it pulled into a parking lot. Butlin got out, the report states, and leaned over the truck's roof. The report says Browning watched him "holding a dark item in his hands and heard what sounded like metal hitting the roof of the vehicle," what he thought was a gun.

Browning fired once.

Four.

At that, Butlin climbed down from the truck and laid on the asphalt, unharmed. Deputies found a loaded gun in the truck.

Butlin, of 11321 Altoona Ave. in New Port Richey, was arrested on charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault. His bail was not listed on an arrest affidavit released later Friday morning.

Times staff writer Dan Sullivan contributed to this report. Contact Alex Orlando at [email protected] or (727) 869-6247.

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