Ryan Mullen

SHOTS FIRED: Boca Man Fires Off Rounds From Top Of Condo Building, Now In Custody

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Ryan Mullen, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — A Boca Raton man is in the Palm Beach County Jail after admitting to firing bullets into the air — over multiple nights — from the top of his condo building.

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Ryan Mullen remains held without bond Friday after his late Thursday night arrest.

According to police, the first incident occurred on February 1st. “There were multiple 911 calls in reference to shots being fired on the roof area of 800 East Jeffrey Street,” states the arrest report. “Upon arrival, officers searched the roof and discovered eight spent 9mm casings on the east side of the rooftop.”

“I reviewed Nest surveillance footage from the guard shack,” wrote the officer, “(and it did not) show any people or vehicles leaving the property immediately after the shooting. At approximately 04:02 Horus, I can hear multiple gunshots captured by the Nest Camera.”

Police say they spoke with the occupant of a condo who others believed may have been involved, but found no one who admitted to firing a gun.

But then, on Thursday, February 4th, 2021, “there was a similar incident of shots being fired from the rooftop of 800 East Jeffrey Street.” An arriving officer “noticed that the roof access door was ajar and the deadbolt was unlocked. There was also damage to the door and (the officer) could not completely secure the door.”

Police made contact with Ryan Mullen, a resident in the building, who said he was not involved with the shooting. But a short time later, “there was an unrelated disturbance call” to Mullen’s unit. As police investigated a disturbance between Mullen and his father, police again questioned Ryan Mullen about the gunfire.

“At first, Ryan continually denied having any knowledge or involvement in going to the rooftop and firing off a firearm. However, I explained to Ryan that the discharge of a firearm in a public area/private residence is a misdemeanor, and I needed him to clarify whether he had been firing at a person or vehicle or whether he was just firing into the air. At that time, Ryan admitted the grabbed his father’s Glock 19 from the closet, kicked the door to the roof open, and fired multiple shots into the air. Ryan stated that at no time did he fire the gun at a person. Ryan explained that he had been in the Keys with his father and (another family member) on Saturday, January 30, 20201, and his father kicked him out for suspicion of using narcotics. Ryan then took an Uber back from the Keys. At approximately 0400 hours, he kicked the locked door open and discharged the firearm multiple times. He then ran back to unit 406.”

Continues the police report:

“Ryan stated that on February 4, 2021, he repeated the same aforementioned actions at approximately 0230 hours…he was able to make entry not to he rooftop where he once again discharged multiple rounds into the air. Again, he repeated that there was never any intent to hit anyone.”

Mullen is charged with “damage property/criminal mischief $1000 or more,” (he allegedly kicked in the door to get to the roof to fire the gun), “trespassing — armed structure or conveyance,” and “firing (a) weapon in a public or residential property.”

He was booked into jail at 10:50 p.m. Thursday and remains held without bond.

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Paul Saperstein


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