Man arrested in Navarre for threatening officer

A man was arrested in Navarre for aggravated stalking Monday after sending multiple threats of violence to a law enforcement officer and his family.

According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports, Donald Leon Heitz Jr., 33, sent multiple text messages and a voicemail to a Florida Highway Patrol officer. Starting June 11, Heitz allegedly sent messages stating, “I will end you,” “I will put you down for good, you know I will” and “we will plow through your [explicative] house.”

Donald Leon Heitz

In the voicemail provided to sheriff’s deputies, Heitz allegedly threatened to kill the officer’s cousin with a knife in front of her child. Deputies were also provided with copies of threatening text messages allegedly sent by Heitz to his wife causing a Domestic Violence Injunction to be filed the report reads.

The officer informed deputies that Heitz has numerous weapons including a Barrett .50 calliber gun, several AR-15 style rifles including some with scopes, multiple handguns, shotguns and several thousand rounds of ammunition. The report also states that Heitz is an experienced shooter with an extensive background in firearms as well as experience with explosives.

Upon issuing a warrant for Heitz arrest, a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was sent to arrest Heitz June 18. He was placed in double locked handcuffs and placed inside a patrol vehicle. He refused to identify himself and was uncooperative according to the arrest report. Heitz had no ID on his person.

When the patrol car door was opened to attempt to run a fingerprint scanner to positively identify Heitz, he began to kick at officers. He was removed from the patrol car and restrained. During the incident he threatened to kill all of the officers present.

He was transported to Santa Rosa County Jail.

Heitz is charged with third degree felony aggravated stalking, third degree felony battery of law enforcement, third degree felony resisting arrest with violence, third degree felony resisting arrest without violence, driving under the influence of alcohol, third degree felony fleeing of an officer with lights and sirens active, first degree misdemeanor giving false identification and violation of conditional release.

Heitz remains in jail on no bond.

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