Shooting suspect at Everglades National Park had a prior firearms arrest

Eileen Kelley, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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The man who’s accused of opening fire at park rangers at Everglades National Park this weekend, causing a lockdown, is a 37-year-old who recently was freed from jail in a separate gun case, records show.

Drew Curtis Sikes is scheduled to appear before a federal judge on Tuesday, facing charges over allegedly firing a gun at park rangers Sunday. Sikes, originally from Georgia, has been living in the Miami area for the past few years, said Marlene Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the the U.S. Department of Justice.

His arrest comes just days have he posted bond on an aggravated assault with a firearm charges out of Miami-Dade County. In the prior case, Sikes’ wife accused him of pointing an AK-47 at her, the Miami Herald reported, citing an arrest report.

In Sunday’s encounter, park rangers approached Sikes after receiving reports of domestic violence, said Allyson Gantt, a spokeswoman for the park. He’s accused of shooting at them and racing off. The park then went into lockdown until Sikes surrendered and was arrested about 9 p.m.

Federal court records were not available on Monday so it’s unclear what criminal charges will be filed against him in the latest case.

Eileen Kelley can be reached at 772-925-9193 or ekelley@sunsentinel.com. Follow on Twitter @reporterkell.