A 60-year-old Silver Springs man was arrested after allegedly firing multiple shots at a neighbor’s home and shooting at a deputy.
On Monday, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a NE 84th Place residence in Silver Springs in reference to multiple gunshots being fired.
Three bullet holes were visible on the front of the home. The male victim who resided there stated that he had previously gotten into a verbal disagreement with his neighbor, Phillip Luke.
The victim stated that his spouse and two minor children were home when the gunshots were fired at his home.
A male deputy approached Luke’s residence which was across the street. After the deputy loudly identified himself as a law enforcement officer and knocked on the door, Luke fired a shotgun at the front door.
The deputy had stepped to the side of the door after knocking and was unharmed.
After an hour-long standoff, Luke walked out of his home and surrendered.
Luke agreed to speak with the deputy. According to Luke, he was firing his shotgun at “Mexicans,” not at the deputy.
He denied firing shots at his neighbor’s home and he authorized the MCSO deputies to search his residence. Firearms and ammunition were collected, including the shotgun that was found inside his bedroom and a smaller caliber rifle that was consistent with the type of rounds that struck the victim’s home.
Luke was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $34,000 bond.
He faces felony charges for firing shots into a dwelling, using a weapon during a felony, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, and child cruelty.
A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.