Shirtless Florida man threatens parents with rifle in school pick-up line

Man tells parents "get off my road" as they wait to pick up children

Booking photo of William Markham

MICANOPY, Fla. – A 54-year-old Micanopy man was charged with aggravated assault Tuesday after deputies said he threatened parents with a rifle while they waited in a school pick-up line in front of his home.

According to his arrest report, William Markham lives across the street from Micanopy Cooperative School on Northwest 2nd Avenue and has complained several times about parents parking on the street outside his house while they wait to pick up their children.

According to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Markham came out of his home Tuesday, shirtless and armed with a rifle, and told the parents in front of his home to “get off my road.”

Deputies said the principal and staff reacted quickly and offered the parents shelter inside the school building with their children until sheriff's deputies could arrive.

Markham was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and booked into the Alachua County Jail.