Chemical agents used to end Osceola standoff; man faces attempted murder charge

Neighbors say deputies told them to leave their homes

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A standoff ended Monday morning in Osceola County when chemical agents were used to force a man out of an Osceola County home, where he fired a shot at his girlfriend, according to authorities.

The standoff took place in the 8000 block of Wellington Loop in the Lindfields subdivision of Kissimmee.

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jacob Ruiz said the man’s girlfriend, who lives with him, called 911 around 2:40 a.m.saying she was unable to leave the house after he fired gunshots at her hours earlier.

“She was able to get out of the residence once the suspect in this case fell asleep,” Ruiz said.

Deputies arrived at the home, but the man refused to come out, officials said. Neighbors told News 6 they were awakened by deputies and told to leave their homes.

Negotiators worked with the man, but after several hours, a SWAT team deployed chemical agents, Ruiz said.

The man was taken into custody around 8 a.m. and faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and domestic battery.

“It speaks a lot about the dangers of domestic violence and how one situation after another can escalate,” Ruiz said. “Who knows what can happen. We don’t know his status, what he’s thinking, what’s going through his mind.”

The woman was unharmed, but she had injuries from previous incidents that she did not report, Ruiz said.

No one else was in the home.

“It’s a very scary situation for everybody involved and if there’s not intervention, it usually leads to tragic results,” Ruiz said. “It’s a community problem and it’s a public safety issue and we all need to take charge and when we have opportunity to intervene to help family out, we need to do so.”

Ruiz urged others to report domestic violence incidents. Harbor House of Central Florida can be reached at 407-886-2856 for anyone seeking help.

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