Florida mayor arrested for practicing medicine without a license; Shots fired at SWAT team


PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – Dale Glen Massad, the mayor of Port Richey, was arrested on charges of practicing medicine without a license Thursday morning after a Pasco SWAT team served a warrant at his home.

Shots were fired at deputies when they served the warrant. Details have not been released about who fired the shots.

A PCSO spokesperson said at 4:40 a.m., Pasco SWAT team members announced their presence and went to serve a search warrant at 8221 Hayward Lane in Port Richey.

Shots were fired at the SWAT team but deputies did not return fire.

The arrest comes after a four-month investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

FDLE agents received information from the Port Richey Police Department that Massad, whose medical license was relinquished in 1992 in place of revocation, was still practicing medicine.

Agents launched an investigation and learned Massad had patients come to his home for various treatments. Detectives say he performed medical procedures at his residence, with one procedure requiring additional hospital treatment for the patient.

Massad will be taken to the Pasco County Jail. Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will handle the case.

More details will be released at an 11:30 a.m. news conference. You can watch the news conference on WFLA.com and the WFLA Facebook page.

This is not Massad’s first run-in with law enforcement. Massad and his girlfriend were arrested on domestic battery charges last August.

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