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Deputies: Man with rifle threatened parents in car pickup line at Micanopy school

William Markham is being held at the Alachua County Jail on $2 million bond. 

A Micanopy man is accused of threatening parents with a gun in the car pickup line at the Micanopy Area Co-Op School Tuesday.

Alachua County Sheriff's deputies charged 54-year-old William Greggory Markham with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill. He's being held at the Alachua County Jail on $2 million bond.

Sgt. Chris Sims said Markham, who lives across the street from the school, became upset with a line of parents that must park in the road while waiting to pick up their children. At about 2 p.m., Sims said Markham came out of his home waving a rifle around and yelling at several parents to "get off of his road." Deputies say at one point, Markham picked up a dead possum and threw it at a car while saying, "This is what you'll have for dinner."

Deputies responded to the area and saw Markham exit his home carrying two black bags in his hand. Sims said Markham initially refused to comply with deputies but eventually dropped the bags and was taken into custody.

This isn't Markham's first brush with the law this year. On August 1st he was charged with resisting arrest after a Gainesville Police officer says Markham approached him during a traffic stop. An incident report says Markham walked up to him, despite the officer telling him not to, and made repeated comments about the officer pulling over a "white Confederate man."

Gainesville Police charged him with battery on a police officer or EMT and battery on March 24th after officers say he bit two security officers inside the behavioral unit at North Florida Regional Medical Center. A report says Markham was in seclusion when he freed himself from restraints and bit one officer on the right arm and the other on the left hand. Court records show he was found in May to be mentally and/or physically unable to stand trial .

Police also charged him with criminal mischief on March 16 after they say he was using a city trash can to start a fire. Markham told police he didn't start the fire but was using it to clean up trash on private property.


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