Firearm Reported in Recent Dispute Over Disabled Parking Space at Animal Kingdom

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According to Orange County sheriff’s records, a husband and wife were getting ready to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park on Sunday when the wife, who was driving, stopped in the parking lot to wait for a car backing out with the intention of taking the spot.

The woman told deputies that a “man driving a gray SUV from the opposite direction sped up and tried to cut them off to get the space” and almost crashed into them.

The woman also reported that “her husband raised his right fist at the SUV driver who responded by lifting a semi-automatic handgun above the steering wheel and pointing it at them,” although a passenger of the SUV stated that there was no handgun.

Officers located the SUV driver and his female passenger at the security checkpoint of the theme park where the woman told authorities “he made an angry gesture with his wallet — not a gun — in his hand.” She also reportedly declared that the two “were concealed weapon permit holders and they did have a gun in the vehicle.”

The officer’s report does mention that if the SUV driver was holding his wallet against the steering wheel, it “possibly could have resembled a ‘square flat’ [gun] magazine” as the female driver of the other vehicle had described.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the “sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant from a judge to search the man’s vehicle, but the incident report redacted about what, if anything, was found. The Sheriff’s Office has forwarded the case to the state attorney’s office to decide whether to file charges. The man, whose name was not released, wasn’t arrested because there were conflicting stories about what happened.”

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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