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A teenager pulled a gun during a fight on a packed Florida beach in the midst of spring break this week and then ran through the crowd with the weapon in his hand.

“He’s got a gun. He’s got a gun,” people shouted as they ran in different directions on New Smyrna Beach on Thursday. A deputy from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office quickly intervened and barked orders at the gunman. 

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“Drop the f—–g gun. Drop the f—–g gun,” the deputy screamed at the suspect, who is seen in bodycam footage running from the officer. 

The deputy chased him through New Smyrna Beach while still ordering him to drop the gun, as other law enforcement officers joined the foot pursuit and pushed back hordes of spring breakers. 

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A teenager points a gun at spring breakers on a crowded beach in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  (Volusia Sheriff’s Office)

The gunman – later identified as 16-year-old Felixander Solis-Guzman – ran into the water about knee-deep, where he stood for several minutes. 

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Bodycam footage shows law enforcement officers with their guns drawn, lined up along the beach. 

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Guzman finally dropped the gun in the water, and officers closed around him, but the deputy yelled for them to back up in case he had another weapon. 

When backup arrived, and officers took cover behind open police car doors until the tense, five-minute standoff came to an end. 

The gunman takes off, still hold the weapon in his right hand, as he runs through crowds of people and into the shallow end of the water.

The gunman takes off, still holding the weapon in his right hand, as he runs through crowds of people and into the shallow end of the water.  (Volusia Sheriff’s Office)

Volusia Sheriff's Office surrounded the suspect, who's about kneedeep in the water, where police said he allegedly tried to ditch the gun and 20 small plastic bags of marijuana.

Volusia Sheriff’s Office surrounded the suspect, who was about knee-deep in the water, where police said he allegedly tried to ditch the gun and 20 small plastic bags of marijuana.  (Volusia Sheriff’s Office)

Solis-Guzman complied with police officers’ orders and surrendered with his hands up. He was arrested without further incident.

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Deputies found the gun and a bag with 20 small plastic baggies of marijuana, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

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Behind the police, bodycam footage caught a glimpse of the large crowd soaking in the sun in New Smyrna Beach, a coastal Florida city about 15 miles south of Daytona Beach, a popular spring break destination.

The beach was crowded when the suspect brandished the gun. Officers constantly yelled to clear the beach and forced the bystanders back as they arrested the suspect.

The beach was crowded when the suspect brandished the gun. Officers constantly yelled to clear the beach and forced the bystanders back as they arrested the suspect.  (Volusia Sheriff’s Office)

Solis-Guzman was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a person under 18, improper exhibition of a firearm, commission of a second-degree felony with a weapon, resistant law enforcement, two counts of tampering with evidence and sale of marijuana. 

The teenager also had seven active no-bond warrants out of Orange County, including robbery with a firearm and violating his probation. 

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Spring Break ’24 is like no other

Spring break in general has always been a hot-button topic in Florida, especially in Miami Beach and South Florida, which have seared visitors in more than 70-degree heat over the last two weeks.

Even before the annual bash began, officials in Miami Beach “broke up” with spring break, which the New York Post called a “bust” after week one because the crowds were virtually nonexistent. 

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That’s exactly what the mayor and city police wanted when they imposed draconian guidelines following last year’s mayhem, when two people were fatally shot, and police made 500 arrests (including 230 felony arrests) and seized 105 guns. 

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The party moved up the coast to Fort Lauderdale, which was busier than usual for the first weekend, but officials told Fox News Digital that it had been a “successful” first weekend.

Spring break party seekers took Fort Lauderdale's welcome message as crowds flocked to the beach.

Spring break party seekers took Fort Lauderdale’s welcome message as crowds flocked to the beach. (US Sun/Mega)

Beach boxing with a "ref" and cheering fans was part of spring break's first week of action.

Beach boxing with a “ref” and cheering fans was part of spring break’s first week of action.  (US Sun/Mega)

The real test starts this weekend, which also happens to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day, a popular party day.

“Our spring break crowds have been as expected so far this year, with this week being the busiest week we are anticipating,” Casey Liening, spokesperson for the Fort Lauderdale police, told Fox News Digital earlier this week. “We have not had any major issues or disturbances.”

The second and third weeks of March are historically the busiest spring break times and attract the largest crowds. 

A pair of spring breakers pose along the shoreline on Fort Lauderdale Beach

A pair of spring breakers pose along the shoreline on Fort Lauderdale Beach on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. Large crowds are expected to descend on Fort Lauderdale throughout March, as Miami Beach enacts widespread restrictions cracking down on any unruly behavior. (AJ Skuy for Fox News Digital)

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Crowds enjoyed spring break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in March 2024. Harsher restrictions in Miami Beach have forced visitors further north in Florida for their holidays. (US Sun/Mega)

State’s ‘unprecedented’ pre-emptive strike

Gov. Ron DeSantis said last week that over 140 state troopers, along with various other state resources, had been dispatched to South Florida as part of an “unprecedented” pre-emptive strike against spring break crime. 

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The plan is to send 60 state troopers to reinforce communities throughout South Florida, with a high concentration in Miami Beach, according to the governor. 

Sixty more state troopers will mobilize in additional hot spots like Daytona Beach and Panama City Beach, and 24 quick-response troopers will be deployed in Bay, Volusia, Broward and Miami-Dade counties for immediate incidents.

Hordes of Spring Breakers let loose on Fort Lauderdale Beach

Spring Breakers participate in a game of football wrestling on Fort Lauderdale Beach on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. Large crowds are expected to descend on Fort Lauderdale throughout March, as Miami Beach enacts widespread restrictions cracking down on any unruly behavior. (AJ Skuy for Fox News Digital)

“This is really unprecedented,” DeSantis said during a March 5 press conference. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen the state come in this forward-leaning going into a season like this.”

“With all things considered, I think that we’re good and prepared as we’ve ever been throughout my time in the state of Florida,” he said.

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Fox News Digital’s Emmett Jones contributed to this report. 

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Johnson to meet Trump at Mar-a-Lago amid speakership threat

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Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., will meet former President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate on Friday as the embattled House leader faces a threat to his speakership from Trump loyalist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.

Johnson and Trump have already been at odds on the House passing an additional $60 billion in aid to Ukraine, which Johnson has for months declined to allow the House to vote on legislation already passed by the Democratic-led Senate. 

Trump has previously stated that he would end the war within 24 hours should he be reelected, while he has also touted converting the cost of weapons transfers to Ukraine into a loan.

Trump also encouraged GOP lawmakers to successfully “kill” reauthorizing FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a measure Johnson backed. The speaker is set to try again to push the measure through the House.

Left: Former President Donald Trump. Right: House Speaker Mike Johnson (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images | Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, earlier this month, Greene authored a resolution to force the House to take a vote of no confidence in the speaker. Greene railed at Johnson for negotiating spending bills with Democrats and forgoing the GOP’s internal rule, requiring 72 hours before voting on legislation.

She is also a staunch opponent of providing more aid to Ukraine. Greene and Johnson met on Wednesday, with Greene saying she is still frustrated with the speaker’s handling of several hot-button issues.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has authored a resolution to force the House to take a vote of no confidence in the speaker. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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Nevertheless, Trump is expected to back the leadership of Johnson, who defended the former president in two impeachment trials.

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In fact, Friday’s meeting has been billed as a “major announcement on election integrity,” and to tout legislation that would prevent noncitizens from voting, although no further details have been provided.

The joint appearance will also give Johnson an opportunity to publicly showcase his close ties to Trump.

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Friday’s meeting has been billed as a “major announcement on election integrity,” and to tout legislation that would prevent noncitizens from voting. (Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

“It’s about Trump embracing Johnson,” former Speaker Newt Gingrich said of Friday’s joint appearance, per the New York Times. “This is Trump saying, ‘He is the speaker, I am his friend, we are together.’ That’s a pretty important thing for him. He just has to endure.”

The high-profile joint appearance comes days after Trump met with former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at Mar-a-Lago.

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Warning for parents after Florida mom finds AirTag in son's sneaker

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A Florida mother had a scare after finding an AirTag in her son’s shoe in what she called “every mother’s worst nightmare,” according to a report.

Jackie Giurleo realized her son was being tracked through the device, but a subsequent investigation revealed a bizarre mix-up, Fox 35 reported.

Giurleo told the outlet that she did not own any AirTags when she began getting the alerts of places her son had been at a Christmas parade on Satellite Beach. 

She searched through all of her son’s clothing and toys, and said her “heart dropped” when she found the device in a quarter-sized hole bored into her son’s shoe. She said it had been tracking him for nearly a month. 

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Jackie Giurleo, pictured, told Fox 35 that her “knees gave out” when she found an AirTag in her son’s shoe. (Fox 35)

Seven-year-old Aidan told reporters that although he “[goes] a lot of places,” he never felt the AirTag in his travels. 

Panicked, Giurleo brought the device to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, where deputies subpoenaed Apple to get the address of the person who owned the offending tracking device. The answer brought them outside state lines. 

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Jackie Giurleo's son Aidan, 7

“I go a lot of places,” 7-year-old Aidan told Fox 35. He said he never felt the mysterious AirTag in his shoe.

“Luckily, it just turned into a happy coincidence of a tale of two moms,” Giurleo told Fox 35. 

Her son had taken off his shoes at a Christmas parade bounce house. Apparently, he accidentally switched shoes with another boy. 

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Jackie Giurleo's son Aidan's shoes and the AirTag hidden inside

After Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies subpoenaed Apple for who owned the AirTag, Jackie Giurleo learned that her son had simply switched shoes with another boy at a bounce house by accident. (Fox 35)

“I can remember that I saw one of the kids had the same shoes as me, and I think we put them in the same places, and then we just swapped,” Aidan told Fox 35. “I took his, and he took mine.”

The other child was visiting Florida from his home in Oklahoma on vacation. His parents had attached an AirTag to the inside of their son’s shoe to track him in the case of an emergency. They were the ones “tracking” the Florida boy, but had no clue why or how, Giurleo said. 

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AirTag in Jackie Giurleo's son's shoe

Jackie Giurleo shows the hidden compartment in the shoe while her son looks on. (Fox 35)

The mother was relieved that the AirTag mystery was a misunderstanding rather than something more insidious.

“We were really lucky that we had a happy ending,” the mom said, according to Fox 35.

Jackie Giurleo showing the compartment in her son's shoe

Jackie Giurleo said she was relieved that another mother, rather than a criminal, was responsible for the AirTag inside the compartment. (Fox 35)

Giurleo said that, after all this, she learned more than she lost and just might use AirTags herself at theme parks or other crowded places.

“We have never had AirTags,” she said. “I knew about them with luggage and keys and things like that – I never thought about them when it came to tracking your kids.” 

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Mississippi anticipates slight budget growth in coming year

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Budget writers in the Mississippi Legislature will have slightly more money to spend during the coming year than they did in the current one.

Top members of the House and Senate met Friday and set a revenue estimate of $7.6 billion for the year that begins July 1. That is an increase of 1% from the current year.

The estimate is experts’ best guess of how much money the state will collect, based on economic trends including employment rates and consumer spending patterns.

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Legislators are in a four-month session that is scheduled to end in early May. During the next few weeks, they are supposed to finish writing the budget for the coming year, deciding how much to spend on schools, prisons, health care and other services.

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Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said Friday that legislators will be prudent with money.

FILE – This Sept. 2, 2020 file photo shows the magnolia centered banner chosen by the Mississippi State Flag Commission displayed outside the Old State Capitol Museum in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi is in the process of reducing its personal income tax under a law that Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed in 2022. In his budget proposal released in February, Reeves said he wants to erase the tax by 2029. Hosemann said Friday that he does not expect movement in that direction this year.

“I can’t speak for the House. But for the Senate side, I don’t think we’re going to have any income tax cuts,” Hosemann told reporters.

It has been months since state agencies submitted the budget requests for the coming year. Legislators rarely give agencies all the money they seek, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Read said that’s likely to be the case again this session.

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“I’m going to do as much as I can,” said Read, a Republican from Gautier. “We get requests. There’s no way I can do 100% of requests, so I tell people to give me a priority list, and that’s what I go on. We try to help everyone.”

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