Manatee county man charged with aggravated assault

newsintern@bradenton.comAugust 3, 2013 

MANATEE- A Manatee County man was arrested after pointing a gun at a 23-year-old woman and threatening to kill her, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's office.

Daniel J. Morris, 23, was arrested at 12:37 a.m. Monday following the incident on the 10100 block of Flamingo Drive in Bradenton.

The woman was walking down Manatee Avenue West to the Perico Apartments where she and her companion live. Morris reportedly drove by in a dark colored vehicle, almost striking her as she was walking on the side of the road. She yelled at Morris's vehicle before it stopped.

Morris then got out of the car and threatened to shoot her as he pointed a gun at her face.

A witness who was walking down the street with the woman attempted to get her to walk away, according to the report.

The defendant's girlfriend got out of the car then and told the victim, "Get away from my boyfriend."

The victim and witness walked away. As Morris drove off, gun shots were fired from the vehicle.

The Sheriff's office received calls from neighbors reporting gun shots. While none of the neighbors witnessed the shots being fired, they were able to identify Morris and his girlfriend as having been in the car only moments before.

Morris's girlfriend lives nearby and was identified by neighbors to deputies. Deputies were then able to locate her home where they spoke with her father. The father told deputies he had received a call from her stating that Morris had been in some type of altercation with a gun, according to the report.

Deputies say the father then told them that Morris and his girlfriend were at DaVinci's nightclub, 105 Cortez Road West.

Deputies drove the victim and witness to the nightclub where they identified Morris and his girlfriend.

Morris was arrested and admitted to taking part in the altercation, but denied using the firearm, according to his arrest report.

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