The officers attempted to serve a search warrant and they didn’t return the gunfire. Authorities said they received information that Massad was still treating patients at his home after his medical license was revoked in 1992 over the death of a 3-year-old patient. It was a four-month investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The state Board of Medicine filed a number of counts against him: malpractice, faulty record-keeping, human experimentation without consent and delegating duties to an unqualified person.
Massad now faces charges potentially more serious, of attempted homicide. “He’s lucky he’s not dead,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a press conference after the incident. Nocco called Massad a violent drug user and said he had a number of weapons in his home. Deputies suspected he was on drugs during the raid. Authorities Thursday morning blocked public access to the area around Massad’s two-story, 3,200-square-foot home. Massad was being held in the Pasco County jail without bail. Massad won a three-way race for mayor in 2015 with 182 votes, 40 percent of the ballots cast. He was re-elected without opposition in 2017 but now things will change.