Deputy arrested for pointing gun at Lyft driver, police say

in Orange County News & Events


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – An Orange County deputy pointed a gun at a rideshare driver outside his home Saturday morning, according to authorities.

Orlando police said the Lyft driver picked up deputy Troy Heyer around 2 a.m. and drove him to his home then remained parked outside the residence to file a report with the rideshare app.

After a few minutes, the driver looked up and saw Heyer pointing a gun at him while asking, “What are you doing here?” records show.

Authorities said the driver was in fear for his life and thought Heyer was going to shoot him.

When officers asked Heyer what happened, he told them, “You’re either going to arrest me or I’m going back in the house,” according to the affidavit. Police said Heyer’s speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.