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Man Arrested After Pointing Gun at WBBH Crew

A Florida man was arrested Wednesday after pointing a gun at a WBBH crew. Jeremiah Edward Mayo, 23, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, according to the Fort Myers NBC affiliate.

Reporter Meghan Smith and photojournalist Walter Pendergrass were in Lehigh Acres covering a burglary when the incident occurred, WBBH reports:

Around 2 p.m., the crew saw a small blue car drive slowly by the driveway. Smith said she waved to both occupants of the car. The car then stopped and Mayo, the passenger, got out and came up to the vehicle Smith and Pendergrass were in. He pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at them.

Smith and Pendergrass saw the gun and tried to back out of the driveway. Mayo continued to approach the car, pointing the gun at them. They pointed to a press license plate in the vehicle and yelled to Mayo that they were with NBC2, but Mayo said he didn’t care, that no one was talking and that they should leave – all the while keeping the gun pointed at them.

He kept the gun pointed at them as they drove off. The crew was able to flag down a deputy and report the incident.

After Mayo’s arrest, a judge ordered him to surrender all firearms and have no contact with Smith or Pendergrass, according to WBBH. [h/t NewsBlues]

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