Sumter man in custody after reportedly taking pictures at neighbors, killing canine

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A Sumter County man is in custody and faces multiple charges after he reportedly fired multiple shots at a neighboring home on Amanda Circle while it was occupied Friday night.

David Anthony Davis, 37, has been charged with two attempted murders in which he released a gun into an apartment, possessed a gun and abused animals during a violent crime, said Deputy Adrienne Sarvis, information officer for Sumter County’s Sheriff’s Office.

MPs answered Amanda Circle from Kolb Road around 7:30 p.m. after receiving a call about a verbal confrontation between neighbors and that a male subject had fired a gun multiple times. MPs were also told that the subject admitted Davis shot and killed the neighbor’s dog.

Sarvis said Davis fired multiple shots through the doorstep of the neighboring house before going into his own apartment before law enforcement arrived.

According to Sarvis, there were two other people – a woman and a male child – in the residence with Davis. They were removed from the house without incident with the help of MPs.

Neighboring homes have been evacuated and a perimeter around Davis’s residence has been established.

A negotiator from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office contacted Davis by phone and spoke with him for more than an hour to get Davis to leave the house peacefully. Davis was heavily intoxicated and didn’t leave the house alone, Sarvis said.

The sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) used gas canisters at the residence to force Davis to leave. When Davis did not leave the house, it was decided to let SERT into the residence to take Davis into custody.

Davis was arrested without incident and taken to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Detention Center, where he will be staying for noon today, Sarvis said.

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