Police: Gainesville Man Threatens MetroPCS Employees With Rifle

Wayne Cannon (Photo from Alachua County jail)
Wayne Cannon (Photo from Alachua County jail)

A man was arrested Monday morning after allegedly threatening employees of a Gainesville MetroPCS store with a gun.

Wayne Cannon, 59, arrived at the store on 3300 SW Archer Road before the store opened and demanded to have his cell phone fixed, according to a news release from Gainesville police.

After he was told by employees to wait until the store opened, Cannon retrieved a rifle from his car and started threatening employees and a nearby bystander, police spokesman Ben Tobias later told WUFT News.

When police arrived at the story, they found a single-shot shotgun in Cannon’s car in plain sight and a loaded .22 LR revolver on the front passenger seat under some papers.

Cannon also threatened to kill the officers assigned to the call once he gets out of jail, police said.

He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and carrying a concealed weapon (unlicensed firearm), according to Alachua County jail records. He remained at the jail as of this morning on a $200,000 bond.

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