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12-288 Deputies Arrest Man After He Opens Fire On Dunedin Golf Course And Hits and Damages City Water Tower

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

Mark Fitzgerald (Arrested)
DOB: 01/08/1963
Address: 2340 Mangrum Drive, Dunedin
Arrested for felony criminal mischief, discharging a firearm, and use of firearm while under the influence.

What:
Deputies have arrested a Dunedin man after he fired multiple shots on the Dunedin Country Club Golf Course and hit and caused damages to a City of Dunedin water tower, an approximately 200 foot structure.

When:
Deputies responded to the scene at about 3:44 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.

Where:
Deputies responded to the Dunedin Country Club Golf Course located at 1050 Palm Boulevard in Dunedin.

Why/How:
Deputies responded to the Golf Course after several callers to the Sheriff’s Office Communication Center reported hearing gun fire in the area.

Upon arrival deputies began to search for the source of the reported gunfire. Deputies then spotted a vehicle coming off a golf cart access (located just south of Palm Boulevard and directly across from the Country Club); and conducted a stop of the vehicle.

The driver, identified as 49-year-old Mark Fitzgerald, was found to have a high powered rifle (.308 caliber) and a 45 caliber handgun in the vehicle. Deputies say Fitzgerald also displayed signs of impairment. Fitzgerald told deputies he was searching for his lost dog and had his weapons with him for protection in case he encountered any coyotes. Deputies encountered him in his vehicle, but deputies say Fitzgerald had fired the rounds earlier, while on the course on his golf cart.

Deputies say Fitzgerald fired multiple rounds. One of those rounds hit a City of Dunedin water tower which is located just south of Curlew Road and east of Alternate 19. The tower holds about a million gallons of water. Deputies say water has been draining out from the hole caused by the round.

The city of Dunedin is working to get the damages to the water tower repaired. Inquiries regarding the damages should be directed to the City of Dunedin.

Fitzgerald was arrested for felony criminal, mischief, discharging a firearm and use of a firearm while under the influence. He was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.

The investigation continues.

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