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Mayor of Port Richey, Florida, accused of firing at police



Dale Massad, who was elected mayor in 2015, was arrested by the officers of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and accused of practicing medicine without a license. He now faces two charges of attempted murder.

Nocco said no one was hurt at Massad's home after the predawn incident in which sheriff's SWAT officers were assisting FDLE

According to a complaint affidavit, SWAT officers knocked several times on the front doors of the mayor's home and tried unsuccessfully to use a battering ram to force them open. (19659002) After they swung the doors open, and the SWAT member set off a flash bang grenade inside the doorway

When officers heard two shots, they retreated behind an armored

The mayor had a gun in his hand, so officers ordered him to drop the weapon, Nocco said.

"If someone is firing at us we have every means and every right to fire them back," the sheriff said.

Authors said Massad, 68, was in jail Thursday, it is unclear whether he has an attorney.

"He's lucky he's not dead."

Massad relinquished his medical license in 1

992, but he was still practicing medicine, FDLE said, adding that patients were coming to his home, the agency said in a news release.

"He had performed medical procedures at his residence, with one procedure requiring additional hospital treatment for the patient," said the statement.
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