WOFL reporter Patrick Pegues has been dropped from the station’s news team after he was arrested and charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm on Monday night.
“Pegues is no longer employed with Fox35,” reads a brief statement on the website for the Fox O&O in Orlando.
Witnesses report seeing Pegues firing a gun while walking a dog on East Michigan Street in Orlando on Monday night. The Orlando Sentinel reports a 9mm semi-automatic gun was later taken from Pegues, who said he had a concealed weapons permit and had been protecting himself.
No injuries were reported, although there was damage to a car in the area where the gunshot was heard.
In April, Pegues was involved in a scuffle with local law enforcement while reporting on an Orlando shooting. No criminal charges were filed in that incident.