Arrested for threatening to ‘shoot deputies, innocent bystanders, and the PBSO helicopter’

(As originally published with bells and whistles, Wed, November 30th 2022, 4:30 AM EST)

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. (CBS12) — It wasn’t until a week after the alleged crime that a detective was asked to review whether a crime was actually committed.

A sergeant and a deputy with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office went to the scene on North Road in Loxahatchee late on the night of Thursday, Nov. 17.

armed with a firearm and was hiding in the bushes

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They’d gotten “the report of a mentally disturbed person, later identified as Ryan Schultz, who is armed with a firearm and was hiding in the bushes,” his arrest report said. “While deputies were enroute, Ryan Schultz was on a recorded landline with PBSO dispatch and notified them he was in possession of a ‘sniper rifle’ and was hiding in a bush. Ryan Schultz notified PBSO dispatch he was going to ‘shoot deputies, innocent bystanders, and the PBSO helicopter.’ While on the phone with PBSO dispatch, the sound of suspected gunshots could be heard going off in the background.”

notified deputies that he would continue to ‘test’ the sheriff’s office

The sergeant spoke with Schultz on a landline, “and was able to gain compliance with him so that he could safely surrender to deputies. Deputies set up a tactical position at the entrance of the Sunsport Gardens development, at which point they made contact with Ryan Schultz. He was essentially placed into protective custody without further incident. Ryan Schultz was subsequently placed under an involuntary Baker Act,” for mental health services and temporary detention. “While in protective custody, Ryan Schultz notified deputies that he would continue to ‘test’ the sheriff’s office, referring to response tactics.”

The detective following up wrote about listening to the 911 call Schultz made to PBSO dispatch and asking for a supervisor.

he was going to ‘blow people’s faces right off their shoulders’

“While speaking to dispatch, Ryan Schultz became uncooperative, impatient, and belligerent,” according to the detective. “Ryan Schultz stated he was going to ‘blow people’s faces right off their shoulders’ if he wasn’t immediately put in contact with a supervisor. When asked about his location, Ryan Schultz advised ‘it doesn’t matter, just know I have a big a__ f______ gun and I’m going to start f______ shooting.’ Ryan Schultz then advised he was ‘in the bushes looking at innocent people that may lose their f______ face.’ PBSO dispatch then asked Ryan Schultz if he had any weapons on him, to which he replied, ‘I have lots.’”

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That conversation continued with Schultz reportedly saying:

  • “I am going to unload these 17 f______ hollow points if you don’t put a sergeant on the phone.
  • “Children will lose their faces.
  • “Every second that goes by, innocent lives are being lost.

began simulating active gunshots by striking a metal pipe…

“After making the above statements, Ryan Schultz began simulating active gunshots by striking a metal pipe against a piece of wood. After simulating the gunshots, PBSO dispatch then relayed the information to deputies for active shooter protocols and officer safety purposes. Ryan Schultz then followed up his simulated gunshots by stating the following:

  • “It’s pretty sad I have to go through seventeen 911 calls, bring out guns, fire them, to get someone’s attention.

he ‘has every single weapon the military has.’

“Ryan Schultz then notified PBSO dispatch he ‘has every single weapon the military has.’ He then advised if anyone (deputies) responded to his location, he wouldn’t know ‘what the f___ will happen to them.’

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“After obtaining the above information, PBSO dispatch provided deputies with the updates, which warranted several PBSO resources, as well as a tactical approach, due to the threats of firearms. As mentioned above, deputies essentially made contact with Ryan Schultz and placed him into protective custody. Deputies did not recover any firearms on Ryan Schultz upon placing him into custody. Ryan Schultz admitted to deputies, as well as PBSO dispatch, that he simulated gunshots utilizing and metal pipe and piece of wood. He was subsequently Baker Acted.”

Ryan Schultz, 35, was charged with making a false report of a bomb/explosion.

He was booked last Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 11:45 p.m. His bond was set at $50,000, but Schultz has not yet been released from the Main Detention Center.

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