• Deputies: Man shoots self during rooftop standoff in Eustis


    EUSTIS, Fla. - A man shot himself after a rooftop standoff with police and deputies in Eustis, Monday afternoon.

    "It was crazy. We went to the store and came back and all the roads were blocked," said Cheyenne Brooks, who lives near the scene.

    Eustis police blocked off Bay Street, the main thoroughfare through town, while officers and Lake County deputies surrounded the building where a man was threatening suicide.

    Traffic jammed up the side streets.

    "Got stuck in traffic for about an hour, detours everywhere," said Brooks.

    Lake County deputies were trying to serve a warrant. They said the suspect was wanted for violation of probation warrants related to drugs and domestic violence.

    According to deputies, when they tried to serve the warrant the suspect went outside onto the roof with a gun and threatened to kill himself.

    Deputies said he was taunting them, telling them he wasn't going back to jail.

    After more than three hours, crisis negotiators had made no progress, according to investigators.

    At around 3:30 p.m. SWAT team members crept along the side of the building. They used flash grenades in a nearby parking lot to try to distract the man.

    According to investigators, during the activity the suspect shot himself. Moments later, a helicopter landed to take him to a nearby hospital.

    The name of the man has not been released.

    Investigators said one deputy was slightly injured during the incident.

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