She sure sounds to me like a Black-Hearted Woman.
A man told a Sarasota County 911 operator that Donna Betts, the wife of Allman Brothers Band founding member Dickey Betts, stood on her dock Monday evening looking through the scope of a rifle, which was pointed toward 100 teens and coaches with the Sarasota Crew team.
Donna Betts, 62, was arrested at her Osprey home this morning and charged with 18 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Betts appeared on the dock behind her home in the 300 block of Palmetto Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Monday and pointed a rifle at members of Sarasota Crew, who were in boats and on a nearby dock preparing for rowing practice. Betts allegedly threatened to shoot different crew members and coaches as she pointed the rifle at them, and made statements that if they came on her property they would be shot.
Much of the incident was captured in a cellphone video, which corroborates the claims, according to deputies. Deputies recovered the weapon, which Betts allegedly threw into the water.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Betts then called 911 at 5:43 p.m., identified herself and said that the rowers have destroyed her life.
Betts lives on a property adjacent to the crew team’s practice facility at Bay Preserve at Osprey. The man who called 911 said this wasn’t the first run-in they’ve had with Betts, and there was a restraining order against the woman.
The 911 recording (at the link) is terrifying.
Betts threatened (on camera, apparently) to shoot hundreds of teens and their coaches, going so far as to aim the rifle at them and look through the scope before eventually throwing the rifle off the dock and stating that she was going inside to get a loaded gun.
Let’s be perfectly clear: anyone witnessing the scene as described by the 911 called would have been justified in shooting Betts in 3rd party self-defense as she committed this aggravated assault with a firearm, and it would have been an absolute horror show if she had opened fire with hundreds of people exposed on a dock with no cover and very little concealment and nowhere to go but down the dock or over the side into the water.
For the safety of everyone concerned, lets hope she doesn’t make bail, that the charges stick, and she won’t be around to threaten the lives of hundreds of people again.