Florida Man Points Gun at Deputy – Lives to Tell About It

Florida Man Jason A. Keel, 42, of Palm Coast is lucky to be alive after pointing a gun at a Flagler County Deputy!

Keel was traveling eastbound on Palm Coast Parkway near Old Kings Road, when he drove into a crosswalk with a steady red light. The traffic infraction prompted a vehicle stop by Flagler Sheriff’s Corporal Jacob West. Keel pulled over into the Bank of America Parking lot.

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Corporal West was approaching the driver’s side door when Keel stuck his head out the window and advised the Corporal that he had a gun in the car. West told keel to show him both his hands and Keel initially complied. As West got up to the door, Keel reached over, picked up the gun from the passenger seat, and pointed it at Corporal West. West upholstered it his service weapon, pointed it at Keel, ordered him to drop the weapon and exit the vehicle.

Keel complied and exited the vehicle, while continually trying to explain to the Corporal that he just wanted to hand him the gun. Corporal West then called for backup and secured Keel when they arrived. Keel’s handgun had a round in the chamber and was secured.

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly had a few comments about the incident:

“If not for the de-escalation and tactical training we provide our deputies, this idiot would be dead,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. “This guy made a series of bad choices, starting with driving a car drunk and not stopping properly at a red light, then refusing to comply with lawful orders and pointing a gun at a deputy sheriff. I’m grateful our corporal was not hurt, and this guy should be counting his lucky stars that he’s in jail and not in the morgue!”

Keel was suspected of DUI and refused to complete a field test as well as a breathalyzer at the jail.

Keel was charged with Aggravated Assault on a LEO, Using a Firearm While Under the Influence, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and DUI.

Keel was transported to the County jail and held on $25,000 bond.

Folks! Please watch the bodycam video and learn what you should never do on a traffic stop. Traffic Stops are extremely dangerous for Law Enforcement. Corporal West should be commended for his handling of the incident.

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