BROOKSVILLE — A man has told Hernando County deputies that he's alive because the shotgun wielded by an enraged assailant misfired Wednesday.
The accused assailant, Keith Ulysses Turco, 54, of Brooksville, told deputies that he came upon four or five people on his property, and one of them said they were there to steal Turco's Bobcat tractor and an ATV.
Turco, who was toting a 12-gauge shotgun, later told deputies that he let several of the intruders leave, including a woman who said she had an active warrant for her arrest.
Turco told deputies that she had stayed at his house before, but he didn't know her name.
One of the intruders, though, was not allowed to leave, a report says. Turco shouted that he wanted to kill the man for getting him into trouble with his girlfriend, says an arrest report.
The man said Turco fired a round of birdshot into the tire of a trailer hooked to the man's truck. Turco then fired a second round into the right rear tire of the truck, a report said.
Yelling that he was going to blow the man's brains out, Turco opened the truck door and put the barrel of the shotgun to the man's head, pushing him toward the passenger seat.
Turco pumped the shotgun and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire, the report says.
The victim jumped out and ran off, the report said.
Deputies later found two spent shotgun shell casings at the scene, and a live round inside the shotgun's chamber with three more rounds in the magazine tube.
They also found a shell that had a primer strike on it but had not fired.
Turco was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault.