Three white supremacists were arrested and charged with attempted homicide after confronting and firing toward protesters outside of a white nationalist’s speech at the University of Florida.
According to the police report, Tyler Tenbrink, 28, Colton Fears, 28, and brother William Fears, 30 confronted protesters in a silver Jeep near a bus stop outside of the event where white supremacist Richard Spencer gave a highly controversial speech at the university on Thursday.
Tenbrink reportedly came out of the vehicle wielding a gun after one of the protesters hit the Jeep with a baton.
The two other men followed Tenbrink out of the vehicle, displaying Nazi salutes and urging him to “shoot them” and “kill them,” according to an arrest report from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department.
Police said that Tenbrink’s shot hit a nearby building and did not strike any of the protesters.
The sheriff’s department was one of several police agencies represented at the event, which required massive security efforts that cost the university more than $500,000.
Authorities banned guns at the event, as well as umbrellas and other items that could potentially be used as weapons.
The men were arrested roughly 20 miles outside of Gainesville, FL, while trying to flee in the vehicle, after one protester involved in the confrontation reported its license number to the police, according to the Sheriff’s report.
Richard Spencer, a leader of the alt-right movement, organized the August “Unite the Right” march that led to the death of one protester in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Gainesville Police Department announced the arrest via Twitter Friday morning:
THREE IN CUSTODY for yesterday's 34th/Archer Road shooting.
Press Release: https://t.co/FcFNHkPXVw
— Gainesville Police (@GainesvillePD) October 20, 2017