Brad Parscale, the former manager of Donald Trump’s digital campaign efforts, was wrestled to the ground and arrested by Fort Lauderdale police following a standoff with authorities outside his home on Sunday afternoon after threatening to harm himself.
Footage of the arrest was made public by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department on Monday.
Officers removed 10 guns from Parscale’s home following the police standoff.
Among the weapons recovered from the former Trump staffer’s home were several pistols, a shotgun, and a rifle, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The standoff began on Sunday after Parscale’s wife, Candice, fled her home in fear after getting into an argument with Brad, who became irate and loaded a gun in the course of their fight.
Candice fled the house and ran to a neighbor’s home, where she called the police. She said that shortly after leaving her house, she heard a gunshot and was concerned her husband was going to kill himself.
She later admitted to police she wasn’t sure if the sound she heard was a gunshot or a car backfire. She claimed her husband had been “stressed out” for the past two weeks and had made comments about shooting himself. She claimed he’d been drinking heavily and that he “suffers from PTSD.”
When police arrived to the scene, they found Candice covered in cuts and bruises. She told officers that her husband had caused her injuries earlier in the week.
When officers called Brad, they noted that “Bradley’s speech was slurred as though he was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and he seemed to be crying.”
The officers then tried to convince Brad to leave the house, but police reports claim he was belligerent and refused to leave.
Eventually, a Fort Lauderdale police officer, Christopher Wilson, said he was personal friends with the former Trump staffer, and went to the scene to help calm Brad. Officer Wilson ultimately convinced him to exit the house. Brad approached Wilson and began talking to him about why he was upset, but other officers swooped in and knocked him to the ground.
“I didn’t do anything!” Parscale said as officers restrained him.
At one point, an officer says “Hey, we’ll figure it all out, don’t worry about it,” to the bewildered former Trump staffer.
After his arrest, Parscale was involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluation under Florida’s Baker Act, a law allowing authorities to detain a person who they have judged mentally unstable and a danger to themselves or others. Under the law, individuals can be held for up to 72 hours.
Parscale was demoted to senior campaign adviser in July. Trump tapped Bill Stepien to be his replacement as campaign manager.
“Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him,” Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, said in a statement. “We are ready to support him and his family in any way possible. The disgusting, personal attacks from Democrats and disgruntled RINOs have gone too far, and they should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done to this man and his family.”