“Get on the ground, man. (tackle) I didn’t do anything.”
Police bodycam video shows an officer tackling a shirtless Trump campaign official in Florida.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department said they responded to the home of Brad Parscale, who was previously in charge of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, after his wife, Candice Parscale, reported he was armed and threatening to harm himself.
“He’s been - he's acting crazy. And so I went outside to the backyard to let him, just like, chill out. And he’s just like, going irate. And he, like, came out of his office, cocked a gun…”(flash) “And then I heard what I thought was a gun shot.”
CNN reported Candice told police that Parscale had made suicidal comments in the week leading to this incident.
In the body cam video, an officer is heard trying to convince Parscale to come outside.
Then, Parscale can be heard telling police that he was not trying to kill himself.
Moments, later, he was tackled.
“Do you have any weapons on you or anything like that?"
"I don’t have any weapons I didn’t do anything.”
After being detained, Parscale was reportedly hospitalized for his own safety on Sunday.
The Washington Post reported ten firearms were removed from the home, according to a police report.
Parscale was demoted from leading Trump's re-election bid in July, after the president was lagging behind his rival, Joe Biden, in the polls.
Parscale drew blame internally for a botched Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this summer - one that drew an underwhelming crowd, and led to a subsequent coronavirus outbreak.
He was re-assigned to oversee data and digital operations for the campaign.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtagh did not specifically confirm the incident but said in a statement quote: "Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him. We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible.”