An employee at a Mary Esther restaurant was charged today with making a threat of violence with a firearm after co-workers reported he made multiple statements Thursday about bringing a gun to work and shooting up the business.
One individual says 18-year old Micah Lopez told him not to go to work on November 15th.
As a precaution, the business went into a lockdown this morning, securing all doors and closing the lobby.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies made contact with Lopez at his home in Florosa where he told them he made the statements but his comments were intended as a joke. He denied owning or possessing any firearms.
He is charged with making a threat to use a firearms in a violent manner, a second degree felony.