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Man, 71, shoots at 'intruders' outside DeLand home, deputies say

Deputies: Man involved in similar incident earlier this month

DeLAND, Fla. – A 71-year-old man was arrested early Sunday after he fired several shots from his DeLand home because he thought people were on his property, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said Herbert Tipton began shooting from his yard on Brevity Lane after 2 a.m. He told his daughter that he shot someone and that she couldn't leave the house because there were people who were about to hurt them, deputies said. Shortly after, Tipton began firing shots inside the home.

Because of a similar incident earlier this month, deputies who arrived to the home knew Tipton had several other guns, the Sheriff's Office said.

On Oct. 18, the Sheriff's Office was called to Tipton's home because he had a rifle in his front yard while defending himself against an imagined threat, deputies said. 

A deputy who knew him was able to take the weapon from him and take him into protective custody after talking to him, deputies said.

The same deputy was able to speak with Tipton Sunday morning and talked him into letting his daughter out through a bedroom window, deputies said. Less than 10 minutes later, the deputy also convinced Tipton to drop his gun and climb through the window before taking him into custody, the Sheriff's Office said.

Tipton did not fire any shots toward his daughter, deputies said. She, as well as a dog inside the home, were not hurt during the incident.

Multiple guns and ammunition were found inside the home and some of the rooms had damage from bullets that were believed to have been shot from a 12-gauge shotgun and possible other weapons, deputies said. A bullet hole was also found through a window that Tipton fired a shot through to outside, the Sheriff's Office said.

Tipton was booked into the Volusia County Jail and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated assault and false imprisonment, deputies said. 

Deputies said they also spoke to the man's family about ways to ensure their safety in the future.


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