Florida woman pulled gun on pair she thought were cutting Hurricane Ian gas line: police

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Florida woman pulled gun on pair she thought were cutting Hurricane Ian gas line: police

A Florida woman was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at two women she mistakenly believed were cutting a long gas line in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

Terri Johns, 59, is accused of aiming a firearm at a car carrying the two women that she “felt was trying to skip the line to get gas,” Saturday, the Fort Myers Police Department said in a statement.

The car, however, was “simply trying to make a U-turn in the congested traffic,” authorities said.

Johns was hit with charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and displaying a firearm during a felony, police said.

She was in custody at Lee County Jail as of Saturday night.

“This is the behavior that WILL NOT be tolerated at any time much less during this state of emergency,” Fort Myers police said.

Motorists queue up at a gas station after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction, in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S., September 29, 2022.
Motorists queue up at a gas station after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction, in Fort Myers, Florida, September 29, 2022.
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A destroyed gas station is seen after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S., September 30, 2022.
The car was “simply trying to make a U-turn in the congested traffic,” authorities said.
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A damaged gas station in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, in Punta Gorda, Florida on September 29, 2022
A damaged gas station in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, in Punta Gorda, Florida on September 29, 2022.
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Gas lines have been frustratingly long for people looking to pick up the pieces after Ian ripped through the Sunshine State days ago, with dozens dead from the storm’s unforgiving winds and heavy rain.

One man told the New York Times Saturday that he waited six hours to fill up canisters of gasoline.

Power outages were widespread across the damaged areas with the recovery expected to cost in the billions.

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