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Teen threatens to 'blow up' woman, touts 'his people' responsible for Pulse shooting

A teenager threatened to "blow up" Palm Bay woman and shouted "his people" were responsible for Pulse shooting

Residents of a Palm Bay neighborhood had a scare Wednesday when a teenager stood outside shouting that "his people were responsible for [the] Pulse shooting," according to a police report.

About 9:30 p.m., a woman in the 200 block of Fernandina St. looked out her window and saw the male teen "chanting" and saying "he would kill [her] by blowing himself up."

She called police and told them the teen then reportedly said he "either shot someone or that he [was] going to shoot someone," according to dispatch records.

The caller and police said the teen chanted "God is greater" in Arabic and knelt "in the middle of the road as if in prayer."

The teen allegedly punched a mailbox as the caller was on the line with dispatch.

The woman did not recognize the boy, but when police arrived, an officer recognized the teen "from previous calls for service" and noted he was "obviously agitated and did not speak to officers," according to a report.

Police witnessed the teen "shouting that 'his people' were responsible for the recent mass shooting in Orlando."

Police then ordered the teen to walk toward their vehicles, but he instead "intentionally [threw] large rocks, pine cones and other various items" at officers, according to a report. The teen also picked up pieces of a broken bottle and simulated cutting himself with them.

"The subject at this time posed an immediate threat to the public, and possibly himself," an officer wrote in a report.

Officers ultimately used a Taser on the teen after he attempted to run away, according to a report.

Brevard County Fire Rescue responded after the Taser deployment, but found the teen was clear of "further injuries."

The teen was then taken into custody and sent for a mental health evaluation. His parents were notified.

Police reports indicate the teen has a diagnosed disorder that may have contributed to his actions.

The teen's name was not released.

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