Florida Corrections Officer Arrested After Holding Man
Drunk on beer and the power of his badge, a Florida corrections officer was arrested after holding a man at gunpoint whose car had broken down on the side of the road.
Martin County sheriff’s corrections officer Parker Jason Henry told police that he suspected the man on the side of the road was connected to another group of people he had an altercation with earlier that evening.
But Emmanuel Leconte had never met Henry before.
And he had also never met Henry’s friend, David Paul Syler, who was with the corrections officer at the time, but who does not appear to be a law enforcement officer and is not accused of pointing a gun at Leconte.
The incident took place Saturday night in Port St. Lucie when Leconte was driving to his mother’s house and his car overheated, which is when he pulled over to the side of the road.
Minutes later, another car pulled up, containing Henry and Syler. Henry walked up to the driver side of the car, pointed a flashlight into his mirror and window, while Syler remained behind the car.
According to Leconte, when he opened his car door to find out what was going on, Henry pointed a gun with a laser at him and told him to get out of the vehicle and get on the ground.
Leconte says he became very afraid because he thought he was going to get shot, robbed, or car jacked.
Leconte says Henry told him that he was getting irritated because Leconte was not following his directives.
Leconte said he tried to quickly close the door but Henry grabbed the door and held it open, repeating the same demand, “Get out of the car and get on the ground”.
Leconte called Port St. Lucie police, who arrived and determined that Leconte was telling the truth. Port St. Lucie police officer Christopher Fulcher also determined that Henry was drunk. And Henry also admitted to have drunk several beers.
According to the affidavit, Syler told police that earlier in the day he was enjoying a party at Henry’s home when some of the party goers had an altercation with a vehicle.
Henry told police that he believed that Leconte could have been a lookout for those earlier subjects and admitted approaching Leconte and pointing the gun at him with his laser activated.
Henry stated that he had not been trained as a police officer or road deputy and did not know what to do after Leconte was not following his commands, so he activated his laser and fixed it on Leconte.
Henry was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment. He was transported to the St. Lucie County Jail.
No word yet on his employment status at the Martin County Jail, which is just south of Port St. Lucie.