Gated communities are supposed to keep strangers from getting in, allowing them to bother residents, or commit crimes.
They aren't supposed to keep emergency workers and police officers from doing their jobs, but that is apparently what happened Tuesday night at Bay Point when a resident suffered a heart attack.
A sheriff's deputy and an ambulance responded. The deputy got there first, but reportedly got hung up at the gate.
According to the Sheriff's Office report, the deputy says she pulled up to the gates of Bay Point and told the security guard to let her in. She says the guard refused, saying he wanted to know what she was doing there. She asked three times, finally threatening the arrest the security guard.
She claims the guard finally let her in after pretending for a minute to look for a switch. The deputy made it to home where the man had suffered the heart attack, and performed CPR.
EMS responded shortly after and pronounced the man dead at the scene. Medical experts say the man probably would have died even if the deputy had not been delayed, but sheriff's officials are taking this situation very seriously and are launching a full investigation.
"But we don't know exactly what happened yet. That's why we're doing the investigation," said Ruth Sasser of the Bay County Sheriff's Office. "We want to get all of our ducks in a row. We want to know exactly what happened before we address this issue."
The security guard, Phillip Hoyt, was not arrested for slowing down the officer, but he was arrested after he tried to enter the home where the heart attack victim lived, despite being told by the deputy on scene to stay outside.
Hoyt was charged with resisting an officer without violence, which is a misdemeanor. Hoyt was released from the Bay County Jail Thursday on his own recognizance.
Sheriff's officials say this is the first time they can recall they've had this type problem, but they want to make sure it doesn't happen again in the future.