A man who allegedly fired a shotgun into the air and threatened to blow up the Lakebay Marina Resort on Tuesday had been drinking and believed people were out to get him, court records show.
Pierce County prosecutors on Wednesday charged Russell Beery, 56, with threatening to bomb property and felony harassment. Beery, who has no known prior criminal record, was ordered held without bail, as he undergoes an evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.
His threats drew a large response to the marina at 15 Lorenz Road KPN on the Key Peninsula. A SWAT team, bomb experts, divers, marine units and an airplane went out at about 3:30 p.m.
Police escorted Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson to the marina after Hamilton requested a conversation with the judge. What they talked about is unknown.
Cuthbertson helped negotiate with Beery, eventually convincing him to strip to his underwear (so police could ensure he wasn’t armed) and walk to the dock to be arrested.
A fellow boater called 911 after Beery allegedly shouted at him that he had four bombs and ordered him to leave the area.
Sheriff’s deputies said Beery was on a 30-foot cabin cruiser-like boat secured to the dock at the time. He told passersby he’d strapped explosives to marina fuel tanks and to propane tanks on his own boat.
When the man he initially shouted at approached Beery’s boat to ask what his problem was, Beery allegedly pointed a shotgun at him and threatened to kill him if he didn’t walk away.
The man left and called 911.
Deputies took Beery into custody about 7 p.m. He smelled strongly of alcohol and talked to himself on the car ride to jail.
“The defendant stated that the New York crew was out to get him and that they were after his kids,” according to charging papers. “The defendant also stated that the community was full of socialists who had the government in their pocket.
“The defendant want(ed) the FBI and ATF (the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) to follow up on his complaints because local law enforcement officers were corrupt.”
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