‘Needed protection:’ Convicted felon found asleep on stranger’s front porch with loaded shotgun

Gerius Adams

HAINES CITY, Fla. — A family in woke up to a surprise Thursday morning, April 4 when they found a stranger asleep on their front porch with a loaded, altered shotgun.

Gerius Adams, 26, told police he was walking home after drinking at a local bar around 2:30 a.m. when he got “very tired,” so he walked onto the porch and went to sleep, according to the Haines City Police Department.

The loaded shotgun found in Adams possession was shorter than the 16-inch minimum required by law, police said. The serial number on the gun had also been filed down and painted over.

Police said Adams, a convicted felon, was not allowed to be in possession of a firearm. Adams told police he knew he wasn’t supposed to have it, but he “needed protection.”

Adams faces charges for burglary of a dwelling, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, possession of a weapon with an altered serial number, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of ammunition by a felon.

“Guns and alcohol are a bad combination,” Chief Jim Elensky said. “The most important thing here is that no one, including Mr. Adams, was hurt. Those inside did the right thing by calling us and our officers responded quickly.”

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