Cops: Francois Brown Says a "Clicking Noise" Told Him to Bring Gun to Broward Courthouse
Francois Brown didn't have an easy time getting access to the the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood on Tuesday afternoon, especially after police say he put a box containing a loaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and six other boxes of ammo -- for a total of 133 bullets -- through the x-ray machine.
According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Brown, 39, told the security guard at the machine that he was a police officer but didn't have any identification.
After sheriff's deputies showed up and took Brown to the BSO's Public Safety Building, police say he admitted he wasn't a police officer and brought the gun to the courthouse because he was "receiving communications."
Brown said knew he shouldn't have taken a gun into the courthouse, but he's been carrying a gun and ammunition with him because of an ongoing "situation" in which he's receiving communications through "a clicking noise that he would make with his mouth," according to the cops.
"The communications were counting down to something bad and telling him to bring the gun to court Tuesday," police say.
Brown was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed firearm, impersonating a law enforcement officer, and armed trespass of a structure.
He's currently being held in the Broward County Jail on $75,000 bond.
Check out a video of Brown allegedly trying to bring a box containing a gun and a bunch of bullets into the courthouse below:
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