No Charge For FL Man Who Pulled Gun, Threatened To Kill Shopper Over Face Masks

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The State Attorney's office said the evidence doesn't support a criminal prosecution.

According to West Palm Beach’s CBS News affiliate, the “28-year-old man who pulled a gun on another customer at Walmart in July during an argument over face masks is no longer facing charges.”

  • Court records indicate that the State Attorney's Office filed no charges against Vincent Bruce Scavetta because “although there was probable cause to arrest him, the current evidence doesn't prove all the ‘legally required elements’ of the crime he's accused of and isn't sufficient enough to support a criminal prosecution.”
  • The report noted that Scavetta had been arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper display of a firearm in early July for “pulling a gun on a shopper and his daughter after the shopper said Scavetta should be wearing a mask, according to investigators.”

Scavetta told deputies the shopper got into his face and threatened him. He said he wore a face mask when he came into the store but took it off after he had trouble breathing and his glasses fogged up, according to investigators. Scavetta said that during the confrontation, the shopper struck him in the forehead with an umbrella. That's when Scavetta, fearing for his life, pulled his Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic weapon.

  • Local news station FOX 35 reported that Scavetta also "made a death threat before leaving the store."
  • The incident was caught on surveillance video accounting to the report.

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