Facebook Live captured the moment Jacksonville, Florida, officers raided a man’s home, dramatically changing the tone of his celebratory video.
Officers carried out a search warrant at the home of Breon Hollings, 22, on Thursday. Hollings was arrested after cops recovered crack cocaine, Oxycodone pills, drug paraphernalia, a handgun, and ammunition from the Amazon Avenue residence, according to WJAX.
The live stream showed Hollings flashing a wad of cash in front of the camera, happily showing it off, when suddenly officers are heard outside the door. The 22-year-old then runs out the room without ending the broadcast.
“This is the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. We have a search warrant,” a voice can be heard saying.
The camera picked up loud noises following the man’s departure. Officers in heavy gear and carrying flashlights are seen entering the room shortly thereafter.
Residents told the station that they witnessed officers throw flash grenades into the home.
“It sounded like bombs going off,” a neighbor said. “Like big bombs. Like a car wreck or something.”
Authorities told the station that the raid was planned in advance and wasn’t influenced by the Facebook Live stream. Though Hollings was apprehended shortly after fleeing, his arrest was not caught on video.
The Jacksonville man was found guilty twice of drug-related charges and has prior convictions for criminal mischief, trespassing, and child abuse.
Hollings was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of cocaine, and possession of paraphernalia for the manufacture or delivery of drugs. Court documents obtained by LawNewz indicated he is being held in the Duval County Jail on a $425,012 bond.
His court date is scheduled for June 22.
[Featured Image: Facebook screengrab/Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office]