DeLand woman was rescued from her armed and abusive acquaintance after passing a note to staff at an animal hospital, asking them to call authorities, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies say the woman — who the Orlando Sentinel is not identifying — was beaten and threatened by 39-year-old Jeremy Floyd.
Floyd was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and simple battery.
Authorities say Floyd prevented the woman from leaving home for two days. During a fight Wednesday, authorities say he beat and pointed a gun at her. Two shots were fired during a struggle over the gun — both of which passed through a wall without injuring anybody.
The next day, authorities say the woman had to stay in bed all day because of a head injury.
On Friday, she convinced Floyd to allow her to bring their dog to DeLand Animal Hospital. Floyd accompanied her armed with a loaded handgun, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Laura Williams said.
During the drive to the veterinarian, deputies say Floyd pointed the handgun at the woman, threatening to kill her and her family.
She passed a note to staff members at the hospital, which read, “Call the cops. [Floyd] is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don't let him know."