Edgewater, FL – The wife of an Edgewater Police Department reserve officer faces a misdemeanor charge after her teenage son is caught handling a gun on social media.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office files an affidavit with the Florida 7th Circuit State Attorney’s Office charging 41-year-old Heather Jo Lariscy with unsafe storage of a firearm.
VCSO spokesperson Andrew Gant says the 14-year-old shown in the Snapchat videos – who was not formally identified by the law enforcement agency – is also facing a misdemeanor charge of improper exhibition of a firearm.
“The incident occurred within the city of Edgewater,” Gant added. “Edgewater PD requested the Sheriff’s Office take over the investigation into the case.”
Jeff Lariscy – Heather’s husband – is also a division chief for Edgewater Fire & Rescue, but the request to have VCSO handle this matter was made because of his status as a sworn officer with EPD, according to Gant.
The guns shown in the videos belonged to the Lariscys and investigators believe they were shot in the Lariscys’ home while Heather was there and Jeff was not.
“Heather Lariscy indicated she was unaware the guns were taken out of the bedroom and that the juveniles did not have permission to take them,” Gant noted.
Detectives say no threats were made in the videos, nor were there any signs that the boy or another child shown in the video planned to take them to school.
“Interviews with the parties involved revealed that Heather Lariscy picked up the two juveniles from school and brought them to the house,” Gant stated. “One of the juveniles went into the Lariscys’ bedroom and removed two long guns and ammunition from underneath a bed, where they were unsecured. The juveniles then recorded the Snapchat videos while posing with the firearms.”
Port Orange’s Police Department was also involved because officers there received the initial tip from a parent of a student at Silver Sands Middle School.