(Tarpon Springs, FL) – In a bizarre scene, police are reporting that 18-yr-old David Morely violently assaulted numerous residents of an apartment complex at 1344 Ridge Circle East early Saturday morning.
Authorities arrived on scene at 3:56am and saw Morely in a second story balcony before he forced entry into an apartment. When police entered the apartment after hearing a fight in progress, Morely attacked them, injuring multiple officers who eventually got him into custody after tazing him.
That’s when 31-yr-old Brittney Cheek emerged from her bathroom where she was hiding with her 3-yr-old daughter. Cheek said that she saw Morely violently assaulting one of her neighbors in the apartment complex and told him to stop.
When Morely came at her and her 3-yr-old she shot him in the leg in self-defense and ran into her apartment. Morely broke inside and got into a fight with Cheek and other neighbors who tried to intervene before the police arrived.
Deputies said that Morely was under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident and was admitted into the hospital with serious injuries, and was later charged with 8 separate offenses.
Cheek is not expected to face charges; Florida is a Stand-Your-Ground law state.