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Police: Florida man beats neighbor, neighbor's dog with axe handle

WEAR – Mobile-Pensacola logo WEAR – Mobile-Pensacola 7/12/2020 JOSEPH ERICKSON, WGFL
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) – A Gainesville man is facing several charges after he got into a fight with his neighbor, police say.

On Thursday, James Gardner, 66, got into an argument with his neighbor about the neighbor's friends parking their vehicles between the two homes, according to the report. After talking with police about the incident, Gardner became increasingly agitated and said, "GPD doesn't do anything! I'll handle it myself like they do on the east side."

Around 10 minutes after officers left the area, Gardner walked to the neighbor's home armed with an axe handle, according to the report. Gardner banged on the door with the handle, and when his neighbor opened it, Gardner hit the victim in the side of the head.

Gardner continued hitting the victim in the body with the axe handle, according to the report. The neighbor then tackled Gardner out of the house and into the yard, where the skirmish continued.

The neighbor's dog came outside and lunged at Gardner, who then began hitting the dog with the axe handle, according to the report. The neighbor started punching Gardner to protect himself and his dog.

During the struggle, Gardner pulled out a gun, and the two fought over it, according to the report. A nearby neighbor arrived and helped separate the two before authorities showed up.

Gardner was transported to the hospital for his injuries, where he expressed regret for his action, according to the report. Gardner was booked into the county jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery and armed burglary.

His bond is set at $265,000.

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