PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- UPDATE: Henry Holbrook was denied bond after a court appearance Wednesday morning. His next appearance will be in January for an arraignment.
Charlotte County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit detectives released details of the Monday night shooting incident at Bingo Trail, 1200 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte. An exchange of gunfire took place between CCSO K9 deputy Sean Franko, 40, and Henry Albert Holbrook, 43, 20414 Mt. Prospect Avenue, Port Charlotte.
CCSO received a call at 6:54 p.m. about a man who entered the Bingo hall and was waiving a handgun. Holbrook pointed the gun directly at a woman, then started waiving the gun around again. Patrons inside began yelling at him; he then put the handgun behind his back, then to his side, and exited the building.
Deputy Franko was the first on scene and saw Holbrook with a handgun standing by a pillar at the end of the strip center. The deputy announced who he was and gave commands to drop the weapon; he saw Holbrook’s handgun and took cover behind a pillar. At that time Holbrook fired five shots at the deputy, breaking the front door of Dollar General next to the Bingo hall. Deputy Franko pointed his gun towards Holbrook and told him to drop his weapon. Holbrook raised his hand with the gun again and Deputy Franko fired two shots at Holbrook.
Holbrook then ran around the corner of the building and Deputy Franko moved his patrol car closer and used it as cover. Another deputy arrived and using his patrol rifle approached Holbrook and ordered him to drop the gun and get on the ground. Upon seeing the deputy’s rifle, Holbrook complied immediately and dove to the ground in front of a vehicle parked on the side of the shopping center. At 7 p.m., Holbrook was in custody; his .38 caliber revolver was located on the ground a few feet away.
Employees at Dollar General held the front door open while many from the Bingo hall ran out and into that store. Luckily, no one was in the doorway when Holbrook fired and shattered the front door glass. Sheriff Bill Cameron on scene last night said, “There were a lot of angels looking over the Bingo Hall tonight; we are so fortunate that no one was injured.”
Holbrook was charged with Attempted Murder on a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (handgun), and Resisting an Officer. He remains in the Charlotte County Jail without bond.