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Police: Armed man barricaded inside Melbourne home taken into custody

MELBOURNE, FLa. — An armed man whom police said barricaded himself inside a Melbourne home for three hours was taken into custody Thursday afternoon.

Sgt. Ben Slover said police responded to the home on Poinciana Drive near Babcock Street just before 10 a.m. He said someone reported that they’d gone to the home to retrieve property when a man came out of the home with a gun.

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Slover said the person who was threatened left and called the police.

When police arrived, they said the armed man refused to come out of the home. Slover said the SWAT team and crisis negotiation unit responded and negotiated with the man.

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Slover said a woman exited the home shortly before the armed man surrendered without incident.

Channel 9 has a crew working to gather more details and will provide updates on Eyewitness News.

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Matt Reeser

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Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.

Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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