Port Richey, Florida, Mayor Dale Massad has been charged with attempted murder after shooting at a Pasco County SWAT team Thursday morning.
The SWAT team was reportedly at the mayor’s house to serve a warrant for unlicensed medical practice. Massad reportedly removed a fish hook from a “patient” in 2017, administering cortisone to the “patient” again in 2018 when they returned. A more recent treatment reportedly sent one of his “patients” to the hospital.
While the officers approached the home, Massad reportedly fired multiple shots towards them, though no one was injured in the incident. He was also a known drug user and authorities say they knew he likely had guns inside before they began the operation.
Mayor Massad has been charged with attempted murder, in addition to the outstanding medical practice violation.