A Wewahitchka man was arrested this week on charges stemming from a shooting last month.


A Wewahitchka man was arrested this week on charges stemming from a shooting last month.



Dakota Floyd Ake, 21, of Wewahitchka was arrested by investigators with the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office, according to Sheriff Mike Harrison.



Ake’s arrest follows the shooting of Peter Keukelaar, 28, of Bay County during a social gathering at Ake’s residence Sept. 22.



Keukelaar suffered a gunshot wound to the chest with life-threatening injuries.



When deputies arrived at the scene near Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative, they were told Keukelaar was being rushed to the hospital by a friend who witnessed the shooting.



He was transported to Bay Medical Center by EMS where he underwent surgery.



Investigators learned Keukelaar was shot with a shotgun by Ake.



Based on witness accounts at the time, Ake accidentally shot Keukelaar and no criminal charges were filed, pending additional investigation.



That investigation, including the interview of numerous witnesses, determined that prior to the shooting Ake committed several weapons violations that led to Keukelaar being shot.



Witnesses said Ake discharged the shotgun into the air several times and pointed the shotgun at an individual in a threatening manner. While making that threat, which is considered felony assault, Ake discharged the weapon accidently shooting Keukalaar.



Investigators obtained arrest warrants for Ake this week, charging him with improper exhibition of a firearm, discharging a firearm while under the influence, aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery with a firearm, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.



Ake was arrested and released on a $27,000 bond.