Oviedo man, 21, arrested on charges of firing a gun into a house while apparently intoxicated

Photo for Headline Surfer / Liam Portway, 21, 4246 Shadow Creek Circle, Oviedo, shown above in his jail mug, has been arrested on multiple gun-related felonies.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

OVIEDO, Fla. -- Seminole County deputies arrested an Oviedo man for firing a weapon into a house, criminal mischief and firing a weapon under the influence of alcohol.

The investigation began Aug. 3 at approximately 8:40 a.m. when a resident called 911 to report bullets being fired through her back door on Shadow Creek Circle in unincorporated Oviedo.

"Deputies arrived and found the victim’s sliding glass door was shattered," Seminole County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Canaday told Headline Surfer. "Upon further investigation deputies located the suspect, 21 year old Liam Portway, at his parent’s house. Portway lives directly behind the victim’s home on Shadow Creek Circle." 

Canaday said deputies located three weapons inside the suspect’s home, including a rifle. The projectile that went through the victim’s sliding glass door appeared to be the size fired from a similar weapon. In addition, fresh bullet holes in a fence separating the two residences indicate they were fired from the back of Portway’s residence in the direction of victim’s home, she said. 

When deputies questioned the Portway, he appeared to be intoxicated, Canaday said, adding they located two spent shell casings in his pocket they believe had been recently fired.

"Deputies arrived and found the victim’s sliding glass door was shattered," Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Canaday told Headline Surfer. "Upon further investigation deputies located the suspect, 21 year old Liam Portway, at his parent’s house. Portway lives directly behind the victim’s home on Shadow Creek Circle." 

Canaday said deputies located three weapons inside the suspect’s home, including a rifle. The projectile that went through the victim’s sliding glass door appeared to be the size fired from a similar weapon. In addition, fresh bullet holes in a fence separating the two residences indicate they were fired from the back of Portway’s residence in the direction of victim’s home, she said. 

When deputies questioned the Portway, he appeared to be intoxicated, Canaday said, adding they located two spent shell casings in his pocket they believe had been recently fired.

Based on evidence and statements collected, Portway was arrested and booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.