By Staff

(CBSDFW.COM) – A tourist from Texas was charged with a hate crime after he allegedly used racial slurs toward an Asian family at a park in Florida on Thursday, authorities said.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened at Beasley Park on Okaloosa Island when Wade Anton, 54, reportedly told a woman and her children to “go back where they came from” and used racial slurs during an argument.

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Anton told deputies that the argument began when the woman’s children were petting his dogs despite him telling them to stop, according to the department.

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The woman’s husband said Anton also punched him repeatedly during the argument, authorities said. The two were eventually separated after the husband pulled out a handgun for protection and witnesses intervened, authorities said.

There were no serious injuries from the incident.

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Wade Anton (Source: Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

The sheriff’s office said Anton was charged for hate crime-related battery. Staff