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Police: Dispute between landlord and tenant leads to shots fired

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 13:45:04-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A 64-year-old landlord has been arrested for aggravated assault after police say he decided to solve a dispute with a tenant by shooting at him.

According to court documents, Leon County deputies responded to domestic disturbance on Sid Collins Lane on Saturday.

When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered two men that were having a landlord-tenant dispute.

The landlord, who was identified as Thomas Rose, 64, told deputies that the victim had left a window open. Rose stated that he wanted the victim out of the house and asked if he could be removed.

Deputies say they told Rose that his best option for having the victim removed was to go to the courthouse and file for an eviction. They also told Rose to remain civil until legal paperwork was filed and to contact law enforcement if he had any issues.

Rose then told deputies that if he called back it would be to "collect the body." Documents say deputies warned Rose about making those type of statements then left the property.

Approximately one minute later, deputies were notified that there were shots fired at the same location they had just left. They say Rose called 911 and stated that the victim had threatened to beat him up so he fired a shot in the air.

Once deputies returned to the scene, they placed Rose in handcuffs and searched his property. They then interviewed the victim about the incident.

The victim stated that after deputies left, Rose immediately became aggressive. He went on to explain that Rose told him it was "his property and he needed to leave."

The victim said Rose then threatened to shoot the his dogs. As the he went to the porch to try and defuse the situation, Rose opened the door to the porch while holding a pistol in his hand.

The victim said Rose called him a "son of a b****" and said that he was going to kill him, pointing his gun at the victim.

The victim told deputies he was scared for his life, so he got in his car and drove behind the grills. As he was driving away, Rose began firing shots at the car.

Investigators say the shots hit the victim car and shattered the window on the passenger's side. While investigating the scene, deputies also noticed bullet holes on the passenger's side of the car.

Based on the evidence, Rose was arrested and transported to the Leon County Detention Facility. As of Wednesday, he is being held in jail without bond for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.