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Ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was drunk and agitated in standoff, police say. Then his cop friend showed up

By Mario Ariza and Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel on

Published in News & Features

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Brad Parscale, former campaign manager to President Donald Trump, was in the middle of an armed standoff with police at his Fort Lauderdale home when unexpected help arrived: Officer Christopher Wilson, a personal friend.

Fort Lauderdale police on Monday released records detailing how Sunday's standoff unfolded at Parscale's home, starting with his wife's call for help and ending with officers detaining Parscale for psychiatric evaluation. Officers recovered 10 firearms from his home, including several pistols, a shotgun and rifle, and saw that Parscale's wife had bruises on her arm and face.

Brad Parscale's standoff with police officers happened Sunday afternoon on DeSoto Drive, where Parscale, 44, lives with his wife, Candice Parscale.

The confrontation with officers started after an argument between the couple. Candice Parscale says her husband chambered a round into a pistol during a heated exchange between the two.

It's unclear what they were arguing about, but she says she fled the house in fear and ran to a neighbor's residence, from which she called the cops.

On the phone, she told a 911 dispatcher that she heard a gunshot shortly after exiting the residence, and was afraid her husband was going to kill himself. Later, she told an officer she couldn't be sure if it had been a gunshot, or a car backfiring.

 

She also told officers that Brad Parscale had been "stressed out" over the past two weeks and had made comments about shooting himself.

Candice Parscale also said Brad Parscale drinks and "suffers from PTSD," and had a collection of guns inside the home.

Officer Timothy Skaggs was the first to arrive at the neighbor's house, records show. He witnessed bruising on Candice Parscale's arm and face. She told him that the injuries had come from Brad Parscale, though she said she'd gotten them earlier that week.

Skaggs called Brad Parscale over a landline telephone, and found "Bradley's speech was slurred as though he was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and he seemed to be crying."

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