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Spring Hill felon charged with firing gun, deputies said

Hernando Today staff report

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SPRING HILL - A convicted felon from Spring Hill was arrested Tuesday after firing a revolver, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

An arrest affidavit shows Jeremy Newcomer was in possession of a .38 Taurus revolver when it discharged outside of his 4053 Sugarfoot Drive home.

Newcomer, 31, told to deputies that his girlfriend keeps a gun in their shared home, deputies said. After getting into an argument with her, Newcomer said he grabbed a tote bag containing the gun and ammunition and walked outside, deputies said.

Newcomer told deputies he was "feeling the contents of the bag" when the gun went off. Witnesses at the scene said Newcomer pulled the gun out, and fired a round into the ground before putting it back in the bag and walking inside the residence, deputies said. Newcomer said, "The cops will be here now," according to the witnesses.

Newcomer was arrested on two counts of possessing a weapon or ammunition by a felon. He is being held on $30,000 bond.

Hernando County court records show Newcomer has been convicted of burglary, fleeing and eluding law enforcement, reckless driving, driving without a valid driver's license, leaving the scene of an accident, grand theft, failure to appear and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

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