DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — A DeFuniak Springs man is in jail for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after threatening his son’s employer with a shotgun for a missed paycheck, according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
A deputy was called to a DeFuniak Springs residence at about 3 p.m. May 22 in reference to a report of a threat, an arrest report from the Sheriff’s Office said.
When the deputy arrived at the home, the victim said that at about 1:20 p.m., a man came to his home on a John Deere tractor. The victim owns a business and the man’s son works for him.
The man got off the tractor and began yelling at the victim about his son’s paycheck. When the victim walked toward the man, the man pulled out a 12-gauge shotgun and pointed it at the victim and said, “Get away from your truck or I’ll shoot you and your brother,” the report said.
According to the report, the victim eventually talked the man into lowering his gun and leaving.
When deputies made contact with the man at his residence on the same street, he admitted to going to the victim’s home and telling him that if he didn’t pay his son by Friday, he would be “dealing with him,” the report said.
The man denied having a firearm during the incident, but several witness statements proved otherwise. The victim told deputies he was in fear for his life and pressed charges for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.