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Boater arrested for firing rifle after sunset cruise turns to ‘mutiny’

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A Marathon man was jailed after police say he fired a rifle several times on a sunset boat trip Thursday after an argument broke out.

Tobias Bybee, 38, also hit one person in the throat with the stock of the rifle, police said. Bybee and his four passengers were out fishing and drinking when the violence started. After the shots were fired, one passenger called authorities.

Bybee was met at shore by Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies, who say Bybee said there had been "a mutiny on board the vessel."

Someone on board had called police while Bybee was driving back to shore. Two guns were found on the vessel.

Bybee, a convicted felon, faces four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

It’s been more than a year since the Sheriff’s office had a pirate-themed crime. Last June, deputies were called to the old Seven Mile Bridge over “shots fired.” Once there, they found a man in full pirate regalia strapped with two working black-powder pistols on his hips. He allegedly had a sword and two knives too.

Gwen Filosa: @KeyWestGwen