- A SWAT team went to a Cracker mayor’s house with a warrant
- The Cracker mayor opened fire on the SWAT Team
The mayor of Port Richey, Florida, is lucky he’s not dead after firing two shots at a SWAT team at his house to serve a warrant.
Dale Massad, who was elected mayor in 2015, was arrested by officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and accused of practicing medicine without a license. He now also faces two charges of attempted murder.
No one was hurt at Massad’s home after the predawn incident in which the sheriff’s SWAT officers were assisting FDLE.
According to a complaint affidavit, SWAT officers knocked several times on the front doors of the mayor’s home. Upon entering the Mayor’s home, a SWAT member set off a flash bang grenade inside the doorway.
The SWAT officers then heard two shots and retreated behind an armored vehicle. The mayor had a gun in his hand, so officers ordered him to drop the weapon.
Sherrif Ralph Nocco said: “If somebody is firing at us we have every means and every right to fire back at them. They did what they thought was appropriate at the time. He’s lucky he’s not dead.”
Authorities said Massad, 68, was in jail Thursday. It is unclear whether he has an attorney. Massad relinquished his medical license in 1992 but was still practicing medicine. Patients were coming to his home, the agency said in a news release.
“He had performed medical procedures at his residence, with one procedure requiring additional hospital treatment for the patient,” the statement said.
Sheriff Nocco described Massad as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. “This suspect is a known drug user. This suspect had multiple weapons in his house. This suspect has a previous history of violence. That’s who we were dealing with today,” said Nocco. “I used to be up in DC area. They had Marion Barry up there. I mean this is Port Richey’s version. I mean he is an individual that you wouldn’t believe would be in office.”