As officers went upstairs, they smelled burnt powder in the area and then saw a discharged 10-gauge shotgun shell still smoking, earplugs and a large window pane shattered.
The officers could hear Dangelo talking in the room, but he did not respond to knocks on the door until finally opening it, telling them he and his girlfriend had been asleep. He was holding his phone and used it to call his father, ignoring requests for identification. The officer’s statement said Dangelo began moving toward a walk-in closet and was stopped from doing so due to safety concerns.
He was escorted out of the bedroom and taken downstairs. The girlfriend was awakened and went downstairs, where Dangelo was handcuffed and agitated and uncooperative. She tried to calm him down.
The officer spoke briefly with Dangelo’s father and Dangelo, 23 and a Miami student, soon admitted the cannon had been discharged and agreed to tell where it was. He agreed to allow the officer and the girlfriend to retrieve it from the closet in his room, which they did, along with several rounds of ammunition.
Dangelo denied setting it off but did not say who did. He was cited with discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises and released.