The news published 02/22/2019
Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad, who was accused of practicing medicine without a license, was arrested on Thursday after firing two shots at a SWAT to serve a search warrant at his house, police reported.
Massad, 68, was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and accused of practicing medicine without a license. He now also faces two charges of two counts of attempted homicide.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told that the SWAT officers suffered no injuries and did not return fire.
The sheriff said, “We knew this was going to be a very dangerous situation, which it did turn out to be. Our deputies did an unbelievable job. Those deputies were professional, their training kicked in and they did a great job.”
“He’s lucky he’s not dead,” he added.
According to authorities, Massad was put into custody on Thursday. It is unclear whether he has an attorney to represent him.
Massad was a licensed doctor from 1977 until 1992, when he voluntarily surrendered his license after the Board of Medicine alleged his errors in care that led to the death of a 3-year-old patient in 1990, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Officials launched an investigation after receiving reports that Massad was still practicing medicine and performing medical procedures at his home.