You know things are bad when a handcuffed teen begs deputies to place him in the back of their patrol car.
But the 18-year-old man was terrified of being killed by the Florida corrections officer who had chased him down and choked him while his son handcuffed him.
Witnesses also say that Arnold Borrero, 58, threatened to shot the teen with a loaded .40 caliber handgun but he denied that.
Borrero said the teen had hit his son and ran off, which is why he hopped into his Crown Victoria in uniform and chased him down. Indian County sheriff's deputies responded shortly thereafter.
According to Treasure Coast Newspapers:
When deputies arrived, they found an 18-year-old man in handcuffs who was emotionally distraught, Sheriff's spokesman Maj. Eric Flowers said. The handcuffed man immediately ran to deputies and demanded to be placed in the back seat of their patrol car, Flowers said.
Deputies also found Borrero wearing a brown Department of Corrections uniform and a fanny pack around his waist which contained a loaded .40-caliber handgun. Borrero told deputies that he saw the 18-year-old man strike his son at the South County Park in the 800 block of 20th Avenue Southwest.
The incident took place on May 5 but Borrero was not arrested until Wednesday, almost three weeks later.
He was charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, battery, and improper exhibition of a firearm. He was released after posting a $5,500 bond.
No mugshot was made available even though the agency which arrested him, the Indian County Sheriff's Office, frequently posts mugshots on its Facebook page.