Fight over car keys leads to hourslong standoff in Melbourne neighborhood, police say

Officers respond to incident in 400 block of Poinciana Drive

Police swarmed a Melbourne neighborhood Thursday. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Melbourne police surrounded a home Thursday morning after a man with a gun threatened another after a fight over car keys, according to a news release.

Officers said they responded to 401 Poinciana Drive, just south of U.S. Highway 1 and northeast of Melbourne Orlando International Airport, after a man called 911 saying Adam Williams, 38, was threatening him with a brown handgun.

(Left) Adam Williams, 38 (Right) A brown pellet gun that prompted and hours-long standoff, according to police (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

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Police said Williams pointed the gun at the man after the two had argued over the victim’s car keys.

Officers surrounded the home and crisis negotiators were called in, along with the SWAT unit, as other people were inside the home, according to a news release.

Eventually, negotiators were able to get everyone else out of the home safely and Williams surrendered peacefully, police said. SWAT officers recovered the handgun, which turned out to be a pellet gun, according to investigators.

The department tweeted around 10:30 a.m. about the incident and said it “has been resolved without incident” several hours later.

Williams faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery and resisting arrest without violence.

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