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GPD de-escalates domestic disturbance and false imprisonment

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at approximately 11:26 a.m., multiple Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officers responded to a domestic related incident at the 5000 block of NW 28th Terrace.

After arriving to the scene, GPD officers discovered that an adult son had locked his mother in their home and would not let her leave. The victim reported that her son had removed the key from the lock, that there was no other way to unlock the door, and that there was no other exit. The suspect told officers that he was “going to die today by forcing law enforcement officers to shoot him.”

A perimeter and an Emergency Action Team (EAT) were immediately established as the suspect armed himself with two large kitchen knives. Multiple GPD Divisions responded to the scene to include SWAT, a Negotiations Response Team (NRT), CID, and Logistics, along with personnel from Gainesville Fire Rescue and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. At 12:32 p.m., while speaking with the NRT, the suspect allowed his mother to exit the residence. After continued engagement, at 2:19 p.m., the suspect exited the residence during negotiations, unarmed, and was taken into custody without incident. The suspect was then transported to UF Shands for medical clearance.

This situation highlights the resources GPD employs to de-escalate hostile and violent situations and is another example of the success of interagency cooperation with local law enforcement and first responders.