FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The man at the center of a more than eight hour standoff is now in police custody. Fort Myers police say Thomas Murray, 51, barricaded himself inside a home on Winkler Avenue just before 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The standoff ended just before 2 a.m. Wednesday when Fort Myers police entered the home. Inside they found weapons and ammunition, but Murray was not there. Later, the Fort Myers Police Department S.W.A.T. team found Murray hiding in his backyard. Police say Murray ran.
WINK News Reporter John Trierweiler was at the scene and saw the S.W.A.T. team tackle and taze Murray. Police then loaded the 51-year-old onto a stretcher and EMS transported him to the hospital to treat him for his tazer wounds.
Fort Myers police say Murray is a convicted felon and therefore can't legally have weapons.
Crime Scene Technicians are actively working the scene at this time and collecting evidence. Murray is facing charges of possession of a firearm by convicted felon and resisting arrest without violence.
The Fort Myers Police Department would like to thank the local residents for their patience during the lengthily investigation and our partners in law enforcement for their assistance.