Man Caught On Video Allegedly Throwing Another Person Off Bridge In Florida During Argument
The victim, who fell approximately 30 feet into the water below, survived and was rescued by a passing row boat after suspect Derrick Goodin allegedly tossed him over a bridge.
A man allegedly threw another man headfirst over a bridge, sending him down 30 feet into the water below, after a heated altercation between the two, police said.
The dramatic exchange was caught on a Daytona Beach Police officer's body camera as he pulled up to the scene Sunday afternoon.
Police said the incident began after Derrick Goodin, 21, got into an argument with a woman about money as she and a friend were crossing the bridge. The friend reportedly tried to intervene and police said Goodin allegedly threw one of their bicycles down into the Halifax River.
The woman's friend was next to go, as video shows Goodin, clad in red shorts, appearing to heave a man over the edge of bridge just as a Daytona Beach Police officer pulls up in his cruiser.
Warning: Video contains explicit language
The officer jumps out of the vehicle and tells Goodin to get on the ground in the expletive-laced footage. Goodin appears to comply with the officer and sits down on the curb, telling the officer that the man "jumped over the bridge."
But he is soon back on his feet and can be seen turning away from the officer, pulling something out of the waistband of his pants and tossing it into the water.
The officer, who has a gun pointed at the suspect, then orders Goodin back down to the ground.
Police said the man who went over the bridge fell headfirst about 30 feet below into the water, avoiding the concrete pylons that held the bridge up on his way down.
"He only had a gash over his eye, which is very fortunate for that kind of incident," Lyda Longa, a spokesperson for the Daytona Beach police department told WFTV after the altercation.
The victim was rescued by a man in a rowboat who happened to be going by.
The victim declined to press charges and refused medical treatment. The Daytona Beach Police Department, however, made the decision to charge Goodin.
"You don't see this every day where you see one human being throwing another human being into the water," Longa told WFTV.
Goddin now faces charges of aggravated battery, battery and disorderly conduct after the incident, according to Florida news station WESH.
[Photo: Daytona Beach Police]