West Palm man allegedly brandished gun during dispute with neighbor

A West Palm Beach man is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly fired his gun at a neighbor following a dispute, according to an arrest report.



James Henry Slappy is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Slappy, 26, is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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Slappy’s neighbor on the 4100 block of Garand Lane told West Palm Beach police officers that an argument over a $200 debt boiled over when Slappy returned to his home and grabbed a gun, the report said.

The neighbor said he ran into his home when Slappy racked the weapon.

Slappy and his girlfriend denied that a confrontation took place or that a gun was used against the neighbor, the report said.

Slappy’s girlfriend gave police permission to search the home she shares with Slappy. During their investigation, a child in the house told police that Slappy put a rifle under his bed. Police found a Magpul PA-15 rifle.

Another neighbor told police she saw Slappy with a gun and heard it go off.

When police checked Slappy’s background, they learned he was a convicted felon. The police report does not detail the felony convictions.


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