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Man accused of pointing gun at ATF agents indicted by federal grand jury

File photo from scene

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A federal grand jury has indicted Darnell Rice, a man who investigators say pointed a gun at federal agents who were serving a search warrant at a home in Arlington, according to court documents.

Documents show Rice has been indicted on two charges, including:

  1. Knowingly possessing and transferring a combination of parts designed and intended for use in converting a semiautomatic, Glock-type pistol into a machinegun.
  2. Acquiring a firearm from a federally licensed dealer, during which acquisition, the defendant knowingly made a false and fictitious written statement.

Notably, a detention hearing that was set for Wednesday was canceled. Another hearing is scheduled for Dec. 21.

Darnell Rice (Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

The News4Jax I-TEAM obtained the video from the Thursday incident in the Woodland Acres community from a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous.

“When they arrived at the house, a gentleman outside the house picked up a handgun pointed at the ATF agents,” T.K. Waters, chief of investigations at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, said on the day of the incident. He said ATF agents then fired.

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No one was struck by gunfire, Waters said, and a total of three men were taken into custody.

The News4JAX I-TEAM obtained reports showing JSO arrested Rice, 27, on charges of aggravated assault on law enforcement. The Department of Justice had already filed a complaint on charges of unlawful possession and transfer of a machinegun.

He’s being held in federal custody and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.