Arrest Made of Distraught Man Who Says He Is God

Polk County police officers with the Uniformed Patrol Division was dispatched to the Wesley Chapel Community Church (1348 Drummond Road) in reference to a subject with a knife call. The reporting party stated that there was a subject on scene stating that Milton Shane Bell, 41 of Buchannan, was God, and had made threats to cut the complainant after being asked to leave the service for disrupting it.

Upon the arrival of Patrol Officers, they immediately attempted to de-escalate the situation by speaking with Mr. Bell, who refused to follow verbal commands of officers.

Bell continued to tell officers that he was not going to give them the knife. At this time, Patrol Officers deployed their department issued X2 Taser after multiple attempts to get Bell to surrender his knife. Upon the deployment of the taser, Mr. Bell was placed into a pair of handcuffs, and first aid was rendered.

Redmond EMS was requested by our Patrol Officers to conduct a field evaluation of Bell, who refused any services.

Bell was transported to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

He is charged with: Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats & Acts, Obstructing Law Enforcement, Disturbance of Meeting or Gathering, Disorderly Conduct