A suburban West Palm Beach man who was arrested Tuesday for firing his gun in public and hitting a home told Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies he didn’t know it was illegal to shoot a gun.
Dustyn McCoy, 21, faces charges of firing a weapon in public, firing a missile into a building, carrying a concealed weapon, assault on an officer and resisting an officer. As of Wednesday evening, McCoy remained in the Palm Beach County Jail on $40,000 bail.
When deputies arrived on the 1400 block of Wynnewood Drive, east of Drexel Road and north of Belvedere Road, just before 10 p.m. they head gunshots going off nearby. The neighbors who called 911 told deputies they were in their home when they heard the sound of gunshots and then of one of their windows breaking, according to the report.
Deputies wrote in their report they knew McCoy lived at the home where the gunshots were coming from because of past incidents with law enforcement. McCoy was arrested June 6 during a memorial for Bryan Valentin who was killed in a car crash. McCoy and several others were standing in a median along Okeechobee Boulevard, obstructing traffic, according to investigators. McCoy refused to leave and told deputies they would have to shoot him, according to that report.
On Tuesday night, several deputies entered the area of the shooting with helmets and ballistic shields for cover as the sheriff’s office helicopter flew overheard. After some time, McCoy poked his head out the door, saw the scene, then went back inside, deputies said. Soon after, McCoy and two others came out of the home to meet with deputies, according to the report. It does not appear the other two were arrested.
McCoy told investigators that he went to pick up a gun earlier that evening, and when he took it home, he wanted to try it and shot of 18 rounds at the grass to see if the gun worked.
After deputies brought him to the jail for booking, McCoy allegedly resisted a deputy and attempted to head-butt him, the report said.