A 32-year-old Crystal River man was arrested after a struggle with deputies Tuesday, April 27, when they found him trespassing on the property of Citrus County Code Enforcement, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) arrest affidavit.
Cameron McCullough was charged and arrested for one count of assaulting a law enforcement officer, one count of resisting an officer with violence and one count of trespassing on a property other than a structure or conveyance. Bond was set at $11,000.
According to the report, on April 27 CCSO tactical impact unit members responded to 6321 W. Orange Lane in Crystal River to secure the property for demolition. The Citrus County Code Enforcement allegedly posted the property March 9 and again on April 26 for individuals to vacate the property.
Upon arrival, deputies reportedly noticed multiple people on the property. They entered a shed near the main residence and announced, “sheriff’s office anyone in here,” to which there was no response.
As deputies walked toward the back of the structure, they noticed a blue sheet covering the back area. When deputies pulled the sheet down, they heard a male voice, later identified as McCullough. Deputies reportedly observed him lying in bed next to a woman, who appeared to be sleeping.
Deputies informed McCullough that he was trespassing and needed to leave the residence, to which McCullough allegedly began threatening deputies, calling them racial slurs and telling them to “(explicit) off.” When deputies asked again, McCullough continued to be confrontational.
According to the report, deputies commanded McCullough to stand up and place his hands where they could see them, to which he “squared off” on them instead. Deputies told McCullough that he was under arrest and to place his hands behind his back.
Deputies reportedly grabbed McCullough’s left arm in an attempt to turn him around, to which he began to pull away. When asked to stop resisting, McCullough allegedly kicked a deputy multiple times, grabbed ahold of his fingers and bent them backward, causing their fingernails to tear and bleed.
After continuing to pull away, deputies reportedly pushed McCullough up against the wall and placed him in handcuffs. As they walked him to the patrol car, McCullough continued to resist and scream racial slurs.
After deputies completed a pat-down, McCullough was transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility, where he continued to yell from the back of the patrol car.
When deputies photographed the area where McCullough was located, they found a black Powerline Model 15XT CO2 pistol with a black electrical taped handle. They reportedly discovered the weapon in a location where McCullough reached for, prior to being in custody.
The firearm was taken into possession, and was determined to be a BB gun.