It's not very often that a $20 parking ticket genrates thanks. But Clearwater police say they're glad that parking enforcement officer Norton McGiffin IV was on his game when he ticketed Son Oung, 37, Saturday in a beach parking lot.
Police say Oung went into a rage, blocked McGiffin's truck from leaving and tried to pull the parking lot officer out of his cab. When police responded they say they heard Oung say "someone is going to die today."
They soon discovered he was carrying a loaded Glock handgun in his pants, had another one in the glove box of his Lexus, an assault rifle equipped with a night scope and bipod in his trunk, and 348 rounds of ammunition.
"We're very glad this guy got a parking ticket and the parking enforcement officer was able to call police and get him off the streets with this much weaponry and guns," said police spokeswoman Joelle Castelli.
Monday authorities discovered another handgun and more ammunition in Oung's home during an eviction when movers were hauling away his belongings.
Oung faces a number of firearm offenses and other charges related to his attack on McGiffen. The Pinellas Sheriff's Office says an additional charge is pending for the gun found in Oung's home. Oung remained in the Pinellas County Jail Monday under an $80,000 bond.
Clearwater police say they are still investigating why Oung was so heavily armed during his visit to Clearwater Beach Saturday and where he obtained the weapons.
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