Steve Patrick Heath MUG

Steve Patrick Heath

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team members took a Homosassa man into custody Tuesday night after he allegedly shot a gun at his own vehicle earlier that evening during a domestic dispute.

Sheriff’s deputies met a woman who called 911 at the Sugarmill Woods Golf and Country Club to report Steve Patrick Heath’s alleged volley of gunfire, according to Heath’s arrest report, obtained Thursday.

She told police that 49-year-old Heath, who she said had been drinking, struck her in the face while she was packing up at around 5 p.m. to leave their house on the 100 block of Cypress Boulevard East. 

Afterwards, the woman said, Heath went into the opened garage and fired several rounds into his car, before she drove away in her own vehicle to the golf club, Heath’s arrest report shows.

With Heath possibly being armed, deputies in the sheriff’s SWAT unit were called to respond, and apprehended Heath a short time later.

Authorities also found a pair of handguns on the garage floor, multiple bullet holes in the hood of Heath’s car and evidence that Heath allegedly fired in the direction of the open garage door and into the neighborhood, according to Heath’s arrest report.

Heath declined to talk to sheriff’s investigators, and was arrested on misdemeanor charges of knowingly discharging a firearm in a public place or roadway, and domestic battery.

At Heath’s first appearance on Wednesday, Senior Judge Vince Murphy set his bond at $2,000, ordered Heath to surrender his firearms and have no contact with the woman, court records show.

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Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.

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