Manatee man arrested on charge of assault of law enforcement officer

MANATEE -- A Bradenton man was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a rifle.

Tomas Gonzalez, 42, was carrying a Kel-Tec .40 caliber rifle when a deputy arrived at the intersection of 8th Street Court East and 59th Terrace East shortly after 11 p.m., according to a sheriff’s office report.

Gonzalez had been embroiled in a family argument and was walking toward the deputy’s patrol car with the weapon when the deputy heard what he thought was the pumping “rack” of a shotgun, the report stated.

Concerned that Gonzalez might shoot two females nearby or his own vehicle, the deputy put his vehicle in reverse and “floored” it, the report states.

With some distance between himself and Gonzalez, the deputy removed his duty weapon and pointed it at Gonzalez and commanded him to drop the rifle, the report states.

Gonzalez threw the rifle into a bush in the 5900 block of 8th Eighth Street Court East, where it was later recovered.

Backup arrived and Gonzalez was placed in handcuffs. It was later discovered that Gonzalez had shot four times into the pavement near where he was found. There were no injuries reported in the incident, the report concludes.