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Orange County standoff ends after SWAT team clears home

Resident threatened with firearm, cops say

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County sheriff's deputies cleared a nearly five-hour standoff on Tuesday that started with a resident being threatened with a firearm.

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The incident was reported at Pine Avenue and Ohio Avenue at 11:30 a.m. as an aggravated assault, deputies said.

When the arrived at the home, they detained four people who were sent to the Orange County Sheriff's Office for questioning.

Neighbors tell Local 6 a fifth person was seen driving away from the home shortly before deputies arrived.

Throughout the afternoon, deputies used a bullhorn to coax someone out of the house.

After more than four hours, the SWAT team was called in to storm the house.

They didn't find anyone, and the scene was cleared at 4:45 p.m.

Among the crowd kept more than a block from their homes were the parents of Andrew Leaster, who was found shot dead in his car in January about 20 feet from the house where the standoff occurred.

"I hope he's in the house there, the one that shot my son," Leaster's father told Local 6.

Deputies haven't said if the cases were related.

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