Fists went flying Monday inside a Florida courthouse after two families connected to a double-homicide case collided in a violent brawl after a scheduled hearing was postponed, WFTV in Orlando reports.
In the “Stand Your Ground” case, Jason Clair is accused of shooting and killing brothers James and Joel Kun outside a nightclub last year and says he shot them in self-defense, using the same controversial law as George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.
WFTV reports the defense team said the hearing was postponed so new gun evidence could be reviewed.
Relatives from both families were in attendance at the Osceola County courthouse and understandably, tensions were already running high.
Police said the brothers’ father, James Kun Sr., their friend, Jeremy Milyon and defendant Jason Clair’s stepfather, James Barker, got into a verbal argument that quickly turned into a fist fight. The video captured by WFTV does not show what exactly the men were arguing about prior to the fight but seconds later there were punches being landed and bodies hitting the floor.
In the video you can see court deputies and a local police officer break up the mayhem, at one point threatening to Taze the fighting relatives.
“I’m gonna Taze you! I’m gonna Taze you!” one officer yells. However, police ended up not having to use the Tazers.
As he was being handcuffed, Parker apologized to police.
“Sorry. He hit me first. He hit me. What was I supposed to do?”
Watch some of the violent confrontation between the two families below via WFTV:
WFTV, the only local news outlet to catch the incident on video, has more details:
St. Cloud Detective Christian Anderson told WFTV reporter Kathi Belich that in the 17 years he has been on the job, he has never seen anything like that incident.
“Obviously, emotions ran high. I stepped in to intervene, just based on the hostile actions, and while trying to stop it, I ended up getting struck in the back of the head,” said Anderson.
Deputies pulled Tasers out but did not use them.
Officers said that after speaking with all three individuals and numerous witnesses, as well as reviewing evidence of the brawl, Parker and Kun were arrested and taken to the Osceola County Jail.
Milyon was reportedly taken to the Osceola Regional Medical Center for an unspecified injury to his jaw and was later taken to the county jail with the others.