June 1, 2023 | 3:40 p.m.
A Florida man was arrested for aggravated assault after he held a gun to a woman’s head and threatened to kill her because her friend had backed out of his driveway, authorities said.
Terry Vetsch, 60, of Palm Coast, was taken into custody Saturday after his own Nest security camera showed him confronting a woman in the middle of the street and pointing a gun at her.
According to a statement from the Flaggler County Sheriff’s Office and an arrest report obtained by The Post, the victim and her friend who were driving a white Ford Escape told deputies that Vetsch stormed out of his Wood Ash Lane home and he yelled while armed with a gun. .
Vetsch was apparently upset that the Ford driver had briefly used his input to back his car, which the suspect saw on his security camera.
Vetsch reportedly thought the man in the car was his neighbor, with whom he had had multiple disputes in the past, but it turned out that this was not the case.
The 60-year-old man used his weapon, a 9mm Taurus Par, to bash the rear window of the Ford and yelled at the driver: “Get your piece of shit out of my fucking driveway!”
The motorist’s friend, who was standing nearby, approached Vetsch to confront him, at which point she pointed the gun at his head, as seen in Vetsch’s Nest video.
When an officer responded and interviewed Vetsch, he said he was in his office when he saw the car return to his driveway on his video recording system. He then he went into the bedroom, grabbed the gun and left.
According to Vetsch, he pointed the gun at the woman because he said she was walking onto his property while yelling and waving her hands in his face.
The victim told police that Vetsch “threatened to shoot and kill her,” adding that she feared for her life, according to the court document.
Vetsch was arrested on felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to kill and bail was set at $50,000.
He was released from jail on bail the next day and ordered to have no contact with the victims. Vetsch’s arraignment is scheduled for July 10.
Vetsch’s arrest is the latest in a series of incidents involving trigger-happy homeowners, some of which have resulted in deaths and injuries.
In early May, David Doyle, 58, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and battery after he allegedly shot a 14-year-old girl in the back of the head while playing hide-and-seek with friends on his property in Louisiana.
Doyle sought to justify his actions by telling officers that he “saw shadows” outside his home.
In mid-April, 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis was fatally shot by a 65-year-old man in Hebron, New York, after stopping in her driveway while looking for a friend’s house.
Kevin Monahan was charged with second-degree murder and pleaded not guilty, with his attorney arguing that the victim’s car was speeding and creating “an atmosphere and fear that there was a threat.”
Two days earlier, 16-year-old Ralph Yarl, a black honors student from Kansas City, Missouri, was shot in the head by a white homeowner, whose doorbell he mistakenly rang while looking for the house where his siblings were staying.
Andrew Lester, 84, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault in the first degree and armed criminal action.