Man with loaded gun arrested after threatening Wildwood business owner

William Sheppard

A man with a loaded gun was arrested after allegedly threatening a Wildwood business owner.

William Harold Sheppard, 36, of Inverness, was standing across from Sambo’s Customs at 305 S. Main St. at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday when Wildwood police arrived on the scene after being contacted by the owner of the business. A .40-caliber Highpoint pistol with a loaded magazine was retrieved from Sheppard’s vehicle. The safety of the weapon was off. Also found in the vehicle were a “one hitter” pipe and a marijuana grinder.

Sheppard admitted he had followed another vehicle to the business and “proceeded to shout at the other driver in reference to his driving,” according to the arrest report. The other driver was the owner of the business. He asked Sheppard to leave prompting him to take his pistol out of the glove compartment and point it at the business owner. Sheppard told the man he “better back off.”

Sheppard, who stands 6 feet tall and weighs 360 pounds, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of drug equipment. He was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center and released after posting $3,000 bond.