Florida woman arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot people in Buckhannon Pizza Hut

BUCKHANNON – A Florida woman was arrested for allegedly threatening people at the Buckhannon Pizza Hut.

Deanna D. Gandee, 49, of Naples, Florida was arrested for making threats of terroristic acts, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by Sgt. Marshall O’Connor with the Buckhannon Police Department, on Saturday, Nov. 26, O’Connor, Patrolman Jonathon Warner and Patrolman Wade Loudin responded to a call at Pizza Hut.

A female subject was allegedly threatening to “shoot people if her mom dies,” the file says. The E911 Upshur Communication Center advised O’Connor she had also been to Buffalo Wild Wings prior to Pizza Hut.

When the officers arrived on scene, they reportedly observed Gandee walking through the parking lot, throwing her arms around and talking to herself. According to the report, O’Connor asked the employees at Pizza Hut if she was making terroristic threats.

The manager, Billy Alkire, stated she allegedly made a threat directly to him, stating that, “if her mom dies, she will come back into the store and start shooting people.”

Bail was set at $50,000 cash only by Upshur County Magistrate Alan Suder.

The penalty for a conviction of threats of terroristic acts is confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than three years, a fine ranging between $5,000 and $25,000, or both.



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