A Florida man accused of attempted murder told deputies he wanted the crime to be captured on camera “so the judge can see it,” cops said.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested the Palmetto man on an attempted murder charge on Friday.
According to the arrest report, around 11 p.m. Thursday, Trevor Edwards, 31, drove up to a business with 21-year-old Derrick Truttling, of Bradenton, who had collected lottery winnings at the business earlier that day and threatened to come back and shoot one of the victims. Edwards armed himself with a pistol and Truttling pulled out an AK-47 from the trunk of the car.
They pointed the guns at the victim and said they were going
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to kill him, so the victim called 911 and Edwards left the area, according to the report.
Edwards returned to the area with the firearm in his black sweatshirt pocket pointed at the victim, but soon after deputies arrived on the scene, Edwards walked away again.
The victim and another person tried to flag down Edwards to the deputy, but as the second victim grabbed Edwards’ hand he shot the second victim in the right wrist. The first victim then tackled Edwards to the ground, where Edwards told the victim, “I am going to kill you.”
A deputy took the firearm away from Edwards and arrested him at 12:05 a.m. Friday.
Truttling is still at large, according to the sheriff’s office.
While being taken from the criminal investigation interview room to the jail, Edwards made spontaneous statements, including that he wanted to kill the man on camera “so the judge can see it.”
Edwards was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of weapon by a convicted felon and premeditated attempted murder. He is being held at the Manatee County jail without bond.
Edwards has a string of arrests, from misdemeanors to felony drug possession. He had three felony convictions, one of which in 2013, he threatened to detonate a bomb after he was apprehended by Wal-Mart employees after trying to steal $298 worth of merchandise.