LCSO arrests Anglers RV Park man after shootout

A verbal disturbance at the Anglers RV Park outside of Cedar Key led to an arrest following a shootout between a man and four Levy County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) deputies on Saturday.

According to an LCSO release sent Wednesday, deputies responded to a verbal dispute over personal property between a man and a woman at the Anglers RV Park in Sumner just east of Cedar Key off State Road 24. 

The male subject, later identified as Timothy Joseph Pekari, 59, remained in his RV travel trailer while the deputies attempted to resolve the civil dispute. Pekari then called the LCSO 911 telecommunicators and stated he was armed and made threats of violence to the on-scene deputies.

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Timothy Joseph Pekari
Timothy Joseph Pekari

When negotiations between Pekari and the deputies broke down, Pekari pointed his firearm at the deputies two different times, resulting in the deputies shooting at Pekari. Following a short standoff, Pekari abandoned his firearm, exited the RV and deputies took him into custody, according to the release. 

LCSO charged Pekari with three counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement and one count each of resisting with violence and displaying a firearm while in the commission of a felony. His total bond was set at $1,050,000 and he is being held at the Levy County Detention Bureau.

The LCSO Criminal Investigation Division will continue the investigation that includes analysis of the audio and video recordings, witness statements and physical evidence left at the scene.  Additional details about the incident will be provided at the conclusion of the investigation, according to the release. 

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