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Officials: Florida Man Who Asked Deputy to Shoot Him Made Bombs

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Photo courtesy: Marion County Sheriff’s Office/ClickOrlando.com. Pictured: Paul Thomas Giangrasso

A Central Florida man has some more explaining to do, after a bomb squad found quite a stockpile of weapons and bomb-making items this week at his home.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office announced this week they have arrested 47-year-old Paul Thomas Giangrasso, and charged him with five counts of making a destructive device, according to WGFL and ClickOrlando.com.

In total, the bomb squad discovered five improvised explosive devices, in addition two altered hand grenades, a container of explosive powder, consumer grade fireworks, several firearms, and explosive rifle targets at his home.

The whole thing began last month, when Giangrasso was arrested for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Officials say he pointed a gun at a deputy and asked the deputy to shoot him.

Days later, Giangrasso refused to comply with a judge’s risk protection order, as well as an order to turn over his firearms and ammunition.