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Florida police can preserve weapons away from former Trump marketing campaign chief Brad Parscale

Brad Parscale, campaign manager for U.S. President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, speaks during a rally at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on October 22, 2018.

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A Florida judge has ordered the police to keep nearly a dozen guns away from Brad Parscale, former head of President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, who was taken into custody Sunday after an armed standoff at his home.

The 44-year-old Parscale "poses a serious risk of harming yourself or others in the near future," the police had reportedly stated in a request for an order that they can store Parscale's weapons for at least two weeks.

A Broward County judge upheld the police's request and it was served on Parscale, a police spokeswoman told CNBC on Thursday.

The police can ask a judge to extend the order for up to a year.

The order comes a day after Parscale said he stepped down from Trump's campaign, where he last served as senior advisor on digital and data.

Police confiscated 11 weapons from Parscale's house after Sunday's standoff. These ended when SWAT officers dramatically attacked the shirtless and shoeless digital guru outside his Fort Lauderdale home.

He was rushed to a hospital the same day under a state mental health law that allows involuntary admission to a health facility.

Police had gone inside after an 911 call reported that Parscale had loaded a round of ammunition in front of his wife, Candice Parscale, after a verbal argument inside.

Candice fled the house and heard what looked like a gunshot, a broker who saw Candice outside the house told the police during that call.

Fort Lauderdale police camera footage in the home of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale.

Source: Fort Lauderdale Police Department

Candice told police that her husband had been "depressed and suicidal" recently.

Candice said "This made him drink alcohol much more often and make suicidal statements," according to an official who spoke to her.

Brad Parscale appeared to be drunk during the incident and held a can of beer in hand in places while the police waited outside.

He initially refused to go out of the house but later did so at his own request and was soon grabbed and handcuffed while repeatedly saying, "I did nothing!"

Parscale was removed as head of Trump's campaign in July and replaced by Bill Stepien after a rally in Oklahoma failed to attract the crowd Parscale predicted.

Parscale said in a statement on Wednesday night, "I am stepping down from my company and any role in the campaign for the immediate future to focus on my family and get help dealing with the overwhelming stress."

Candice Parscale said in a statement made on her own behalf: "The statements I made on Sunday were misinterpreted. Let it be made clear that my husband was not violent against me that day or the day before."

In a joint statement, the couple said: "We thank everyone for everyone's thoughts and support during this difficult time for our family and we are eagerly awaiting all the facts."

The stalemate in the couple's home came just two days before Trump ran against Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the first presidential debate in the 2020 election.

A lawyer representing Parscale did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the order.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255

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