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Wewahitchka Man Held on Multiple Gun Charges

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The Gulf County Sheriff's Office has charged a Wewahitchka man in a shooting that happened at a social gathering in September.

According to the GCSO, 21-year-old Dakota Floyd Ake of Wewahitchka is charged with improper exhibition of a firearm, discharging a firearm under the influence, aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated batter with a firearm, tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Deputies say that Ake shot Peter Keukelaar of Bay County at a social gather on Ake's residence. Keukelaar was transported to Bay Medical Sacred Heart with life threatening injuries but survived.

During interviews, witnesses say that Ake discharged a shotgun into the air several times and then pointed the weapon in a threatening manner. During the commission of a felony assault, the weapon discharged accidentally, injuring Keukelaar.

Ake was released on a $27,000 bond.

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Here is the press release from the Gulf County Sheriff's Office

Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison announces the arrest of Dakota Floyd Ake, (21), of Wewahitchka. On September 22, 2013, Gulf County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) Deputies responded to Highway 22 in the area of Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative in reference to a person who had been shot. When deputies arrived on scene they discovered the victim, Peter Keukelaar (28), of Bay County, had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest with life threatening injuries. Deputies learned Keukelaar was being rushed to the hospital by a friend who witnessed the shooting, which occurred at Ake's residence. Subsequently, he was transported to Bay Medical Center by EMS where he underwent surgery.

Through further investigation, GCSO Investigators learned Keukelaar was shot with a shotgun by Ake. The shooting occurred during an outdoor social gathering at Ake's residence. Based on witness accounts, Ake accidentally shot Keukelaar and at that time no criminal charges were filed against Ake pending further investigation.

After interviewing numerous witness, it was determined prior to the shooting Ake committed several weapons violations that led to Keukelaar being shot. Witnesses stated Ake discharged the shotgun into the air several times and then pointed the shotgun at an individual in a threatening manner. During the commission of that felony assault, Ake discharged the weapon accidentally, subsequently shooting Keukalaar.

On October 15, 2013, investigators obtained arrest warrants for Ake, charging him with improper exhibition of a firearm, discharging a firearm while under the influence, aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery with a firearm, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Ake has been arrested and released on a $27,000.00 bond.