The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reports the seven hour standoff ended at 6:38 p.m. this evening in Port Charlotte. Crisis negotiators successfully talked the man to lay down his weapons and give himself up. He will now be evaluated for Baker Act or arrested which will be determined. He had threatened to kill or be killed by law enforcement.
Detectives on scene are awaiting a search warrant to be signed so they can go into the home and collect any weapons and evidence necessary. The neighbors in the area are starting to get back to normal as all of the responding units are leaving the area. The home will be kept under guard this evening until released.
The man whose identify is not being released at this time, reportedly went to St. Petersburg yesterday to talk to an ex-girlfriend and came home very distraught. He called her this morning and said he was going to hurt himself. She called Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and they contacted CCSO at 10:30 a.m. Deputies responded for a check on the man at 22295 Morris Ave. in the New York area of Port Charlotte and were confronted by the armed man. Deputies assessed the situation and called in the CCSO SWAT team, deputies, detectives, K9, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad’s Hazardous Devices Unit, LCSO "Bear Cat" vehicle, plus Crisis negotiators from CCSO and Punta Gorda Police.
CCSO talked to family and friends who said he was very heavily armed and there were items in the home that could be exploded if shot by a high caliber rifle. A perimeter was set up and homes in the immediate area were evacuated. The LCSO robot was very useful in assisting SWAT team activities. Due to the extreme heat, SWAT team members were constantly being rotated from their positions and were about to be relieved by the LCSO SWAT team.