PANAMA CITY — An Ebro man was arrested by Bay County Sheriff’s Office deputies after he allegedly fired an air pistol numerous times at a vehicle while an adult woman and three children—two under the age of five and one infant—were inside.


PANAMA CITY — An Ebro man was arrested by Bay County Sheriff’s Office deputies after he allegedly fired an air pistol numerous times at a vehicle while an adult woman and three children—two under the age of five and one infant—were inside.



 At about 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Brandon Alexander McCoy, 37, of Ebro had an argument with a woman while on Pinetree Avenue in Panama City Beach, according to a news release from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.



The woman attempted to leave in a vehicle and had three children in the car. McCoy, although aware of the presence of the three children in the car, approached the car brandishing a handgun, according to the release.



The woman and the children began to scream and she started the vehicle to drive away. At that point McCoy allegedly fired the gun and the woman realized it was an air pistol. She drove away to a parking lot at Thomas Drive and Biltmore and stopped to call 911.



While the woman was talking with a 911 operator, McCoy located her and continued firing the air pistol at the vehicle. He fled before Bay County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived.



McCoy was located in his vehicle at Thomas Drive and Captain Avenue on Panama City Beach at about 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.



Investigators performed a felony stop and McCoy was taken into custody without further incident, according to the release.



McCoy has been charged with two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle, eight counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, and six counts of child abuse.