Domestic violence incident sparks 4-hour standoff in Ocala



OCALA, Fla. - A man who was ordered to stay away from a 71-year-old woman through a domestic violence injunction showed up at her house Thursday and threatened to kill her, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Louie McGowin, 56, showed up at her Ocala home just before 6 a.m., but he wasn’t arrested until five hours after a standoff with officers.

The neighborhood was swarming with SWAT vehicles and heavily armed deputies.

Video from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office showed the formidable presence of law enforcement from two counties in front of the home on Northeast 64th Lane.

Deputies said McGowan told the victim she was going to die and tried dragging her into the house while she made her escape.

She ran across the street and was able to call 911 from a neighbor's house.

"He assaulted her, primarily threatened to kill her. We had information that he was armed," said Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair.

Soon after, the Dove Hill subdivision was surrounded.

After hours of negotiating, McGowin, who has a lengthy arrest record in Florida, surrendered peacefully.

“Our negotiation team did an outstanding job. They stayed on the phone with him for about four hours, trying to impress upon him that we’d like him to come out, and eventually he did come out,” said Chris Blair with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

McGowin was arrested in February for taking more than $60,000 from his former girlfriend.

Several neighbors had to be evacuated from their homes during the standoff, in case gun fire was exchanged.

"The SWAT team came and asked if we wanted to leave, and get to the back of the house," said resident Katrina Whipple.

No one was hurt, and the victim is staying with her family.

"I'm glas she's OK. She's a sweet lady. We all know her in the neighborhood and I'm glad it turned out the way it did," Whipple said.

McGowin was arrested.