Ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale knocked to the ground to end standoff, body camera footage shows

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Brad Parscale, former campaign manager to President Donald Trump, was in the middle of a standoff with police at his Fort Lauderdale home when unexpected help arrived: Officer Christopher Wilson, a personal friend.



a man standing on a stage: Brad Parscale speaks on stage during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 28, 2020, in National Harbor, Maryland. Parscale's wife called police to say he had guns and was threatening to harm himself, Fort Lauderdale police said Sunday night.


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Brad Parscale speaks on stage during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 28, 2020, in National Harbor, Maryland. Parscale’s wife called police to say he had guns and was threatening to harm himself, Fort Lauderdale police said Sunday night.

The officer persuaded Parscale to step outside his home, allowing officers to knock him to the ground and detain him so that he could be sent for mental evaluation.

Fort Lauderdale police on Monday released body camera footage, a 911 call and records detailing how Sunday’s emergency unfolded. It started with his wife’s call for help, and police saw cuts and bruises on his wife that she said were caused by Parscale. Police body camera footage showed how officers knocked a shirtless Parscale to the ground outside his home and detained him.

Officers recovered 10 firearms from his home — including several pistols, a shotgun and rifle.

The encounter with police started Sunday afternoon on DeSoto Drive, where Parscale, 44, lives with his wife, Candice Parscale. The couple had argued, and Candice Parscale said her husband chambered a round into a pistol during a heated exchange between the two.

It’s unclear what they were arguing about, but she said she fled the house in fear and asked a real estate agent, who was about to show a nearby house, for help. The agent called the cops.

On the phone, Candice Parscale told a 911 dispatcher that she heard a gunshot shortly after exiting her home, and was afraid her husband was going to kill himself. Later,