11-hour standoff in Orange Co. comes to an end; suspect in custody



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County deputies spent more than 10 hours at a house where an armed man was barricaded inside.

The standoff  ended about 11 p.m. and deputies said they had the suspect in custody.

Investigators said a warrant was being served at a house on Aden Court south of University Boulevard Friday afternoon.

More than 20 homes were evacuated at one point while deputies and SWAT remained at the scene. Later in the evening, deputies allowed some resident to return home and left six homes evacuated.

“I tried to go home. The sheriffs were everywhere, and I see guys in SWAT uniforms and guns, and they said I couldn’t go home,” said neighbor Danielle Goodman.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings briefed the media and said the man inside was wanted in connection with an attempted murder.

Deputies said the man barged into the east Orange County home and stayed barricaded for more than 10 hours.

A resident of the home, who only wanted to be identified as Charles, said the suspect was staying with him and his wife, but recently things got strange.

“He started intimidating my wife a couple of days ago about the place,” Charles said.

Everything boiled over when deputies came to arrest the man, whom they’ve yet to identify.

“They were fearful of this individual because of his demeanor. And they had been introduced by this individual through a third party,” said Demings.

Demings said the man surrendered peacefully and is going to be charged with attempted murder.

No one was injured.