Video has captured the moment a terrified woman covertly slipped a note to staff at a veterinary clinic telling them her allegedly abusive boyfriend was carrying a gun.
Jeremy Floyd is accused of keeping his girlfriend captive inside his Florida home for at least two days before she eventually convinced him to let her take her dog to the vet.
CCTV footage shows the woman, who has not been identified, walking past the desk before handing over a small handwritten note.
“Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don’t let him know,” the note read.
Two female staff members can be seen briefly discussing the note as she returns to join her boyfriend alone in an examination room.
Floyd can be seen looking at his phone before several officers make their way into the room and restrain him, removing the handgun from his pants.
He was handcuffed and removed from the property, as other officers tended to his girlfriend.
A spokesperson for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said the woman was “visibly injured” after the incident, and said she was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for a head injury and bruises.
It’s alleged Floyd repeatedly threatened his girlfriend with a gun, shooting it twice towards her in the days before his arrest.
He was later charged with a series of offences including domestic violence, aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.