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Day-Long Standoff In Lakeland Yields Multiple Felonies For Polk County Man

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A standoff lasting nearly a day ended with a Lakeland man in custody and facing several felony charges which police say was prompted by the near-fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend on New Year's Day.

Deputies say they were summoned to a Lakeland residence in the mid-morning that day by the mother of two children who claimed that their father had been calling and texting her to tell her he hoped the family would remain together.

The woman said the calls and texts became more and more bizarre as the morning wore on, and she began to be concerned for the safety of their two children who were with the defendant at that time. She said she called the elder sibling on his cellphone, but the defendant snatched the phone from his hand and began to yell at her.

She arrived at the home and attempted to coax the defendant to come out, but she said he refused. As the younger sibling attempted to exit the home via the front door, the woman said the defendant pulled the boy back in and began firing a gun at her car. Several shots struck her car, but she was not injured.

Deputies arrived shortly after and established a perimeter and opened a line of communication with the defendant. With a SWAT team waiting in the wings, negotiators attempted to talk the man into surrendering, but to no avail.

Negotiators spent the next 23 hours communicating with the defendant, whom they say ranged between calm and furious in their discussions. The defendant eventually agreed to end the standoff, and he was arrested at the front door without incident. Neither child was physically harmed in the course of the standoff.

The 30-year-old man was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of attempted second-degree murder, armed kidnapping, resisting an officer without violence, shooting into an occupied vehicle, discharging a firearm in public, improper exhibition of a firearm, culpable negligence and exposure to harm, criminal mischief, negligent child abuse without bodily harm, and shooting into a building. He continues to remain in custody without bond.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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