NORTH PORT, Fla.- A North Port man barricaded himself in his home overnight on Saturday after an aggravated assault incident in which, the suspect said, the victims nearly ran over his dog in his front yard.
North Port Police Department responded to the 2000-block of Sparkle Lane on Saturday at 9:25 p.m., in reference to an aggravated assault involving a firearm. Two male victims alleged that the suspect, later identified as Kevin McDonald, was out in his front yard with his dog that was running loose near the edge of the road. The victims were traveling past the suspect's residence. Gestures and words were exchanged between both parties, after McDonald claimed the victims nearly struck his dog.
Police McDonald brandished a handgun in a threatening manner. The victims were in fear and left the area to call police. Officers responded and attempted to make contact with McDonald who fled into his residence, where his wife and two children reside. Officers attempted to get him to exit his residence to speak with him about the incident; however, he refused.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office negotiator responded to the scene to assist in maintaining a peaceful resolution, but McDonald was adamant about remaining inside. After numerous hours of negotiating, and his persistent refusal to exit, negotiations concluded. However, units maintained a safe distance from the house, watching for McDonald to exit.
On Sunday at 11:56 a.m., McDonald surrendered and was taken into custody without further conflicts.