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Man with fake gun threatens deputy at Riverview school

Published:   |   Updated: April 24, 2013 at 04:00 PM

A 24-year-old man is jailed after he approached a deputy with a fake gun outside an elementary school in Riverview.

Dillon Conn, 24, of 11612 Brookemore Way, Riverview, is charged with exhibiting a firearm within 1,000 feet of school property.

About 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a deputy was working extra-duty at Terrell Sessums Elementary School, 11525 Ramble Creek Drive in Riverview, when he heard several children yelling about a man with a gun, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

A school crossing guard also indicated to the deputy that she saw a man with a black, semi-automatic handgun walking on the sidewalk in front of the school, the sheriff’s office said. The deputy then saw Conn holding a handgun and walking north on Ramble Creek Drive toward Symmes Road.

Conn did not conceal the weapon in his right hand, appeared agitated and handled the weapon in a threatening manner, according to the sheriff’s office.

The deputy drew his weapon and confronted Conn, telling him to stop walking toward him and drop the gun, the sheriff’s office said. Conn screamed at the deputy that he would have to shoot him because he was not going to comply. Conn did not move and the deputy again ordered him to drop the gun.

Conn dropped the firearm into the grass, and was handcuffed and arrested, according to the sheriff’s office. Conn then said several times that he wanted the deputy to kill him and he did not want to live anymore, the sheriff’s office said.

The deputy found what looked like a medium-caliber, semi-automatic handgun, the sheriff’s office said, but upon closer inspection determined the firearm was a gas-powered BB pistol.

 

The gun did not have the red tip at the end of the barrel that most BB pistols have, the sheriff’s office said.

Conn is jailed on $25,000 bond.

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