Crime

MSO: Man shoots closet door after threatening to kill his roommate

MANATEE -- Following an argument, Michael Ness fired a gun at a closet door, the sheriff’s office reports.

But before Ness, 32, pulled the trigger, he had the handgun pointed at his 25-year-old roommate and told her someone was going to get killed, according to a media release.

The incident happened at around 6:40 a.m. Saturday in the 4300 block of 78th Street West, where the two were arguing about money.

According to the release, after the shot was fired, the victim’s boyfriend removed the gun from Ness’ hand and detained him on the ground outside of the residence.

When a deputy arrived, Ness was placed into custody and complained about having a hard time breathing, the release said; he was transported to Blake Medical Center, where he was read his rights.

Ness admitted that he found the gun under a trailer; the release also said he was a convicted felon and was not allowed to possess a gun.

Ness is currently in Manatee County jail and being held with no bond. He has been charged with shooting in an occupied residence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of an injunction.

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