Police: Man shoots at brother, makes bomb threat

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INTERLACHEN, Fla. - Timothy Burroughs called the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday and said his brother Thomas Burroughs fired shots trying to kill him and was still armed.

Sgt. Timothy Frill used the PA system on the police car to talk to Thomas.  He told the police that he had a gun and refused to come out of the house.

Thomas then came to an open window and said he also had a bomb and would kill himself and blow up the house. 

Frill continued talking with Thomas to try to calm him.  He agreed to put down the gun and come outside where he was immediately arrested.

There was a Savage 270 caliber rifle, a 9mm Kel-Tec semi-automatic handgun and a small explosive device similar to an M-80.

“I am very pleased with the way Sgt. Timothy Frill and the other deputies handled this potentially volatile situation,” said Sheriff Jeff Hardy. “It could easily have ended much differently. However, due to their patience and restraint, no one was hurt including Mr. Burroughs.”

Thomas was booked and held without bond on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of explosives, and making a bomb threat.