CALLAWAY — A verbal argument between family members allegedly led to a Callaway man strapping on a bullet proof vest Saturday and walking through his Pridgen Street neighborhood firing a Beretta 9mm handgun.
William Keifer Bradley Egan, age 26, was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and Wearing a Bullet Proof Vest in the Commission of a Felony. He was transported to the Bay County Jail.
According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call about a man walking through the neighborhood wearing a bullet proof vest and carrying a handgun, which he was firing randomly. When deputies arrived, Egan fired at the deputies, aiming over their patrol cars before taking off his vest and fleeing into a nearby field where he was taken into custody without incident.
Egan allegedly told deputies he became angry after a verbal argument with his family and needed to take a walk to calm down, taking his bullet proof vest and pistol with him. A family member confronted him in the front yard and the two argued until Egan fired his pistol, once into the ground and then at the family member’s car. The family member fled into the house and Egan continued through the neighborhood firing his pistol randomly until deputies arrived. According to BCSO, Egan told them he wanted to die by forcing a deputy to shoot him.