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Police: Man arrested after pointing gun at cars in Fort Lauderdale

Merville Vaughn Jr., 25, hospitalized under Florida's Baker Act

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A man was hospitalized Wednesday after he was caught pointing a gun at vehicles in Fort Lauderdale, authorities said.

According to police, the man, identified as Merville Vaughn Jr., 25, sat under a tree in the 1100 block of Northwest Seventh Street and pointed the gun at passing cars.

He also pointed the gun at a patrol officer who responded to the scene, authorities said.

Merville Vaughn Jr., 25, is accused of pointing a gun at cars in Fort Lauderdale.
Merville Vaughn Jr., 25, is accused of pointing a gun at cars in Fort Lauderdale. (Broward Sheriff's Office)

Police said the suspect was wearing body armor and walked away while speaking with negotiators.

Authorities eventually used rubber bullets to take down the suspect, they said.

Police said an AK-47 was found inside Vaughn’s car that was parked nearby.

Vaughn was taken to Broward Health Medical Center as a precaution under Florida’s Baker Act.

A motive for the incident remains unclear.

Vaughn has since been released from the hospital. He faces numerous charges, including three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed firearm, open carry of a firearm, reckless display of a firearm and resisting without violence.


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