Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Public safety

Brooksville man charged with attempted murder after standoff

HILL 'N DALE — A Brooksville man arrested after a standoff with deputies has been charged with attempted murder. He is accused of threatening to kill his mother and attacking his sister, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

On Monday, Andrew Raymond Vaughn-Elliott, 27, called his mother, Cheryl Elliott, to pick him up, according to a news release. When she refused, he had a friend drive him and his girlfriend, Brittani Diggett, 26, to his mom's house on Mondon Hill Road, east of Brooksville.

When he got there, he and Elliott started to fight. The argument escalated when Vaughn-Elliott thought his mother was trying to get into his locked bedroom, according to the release.

He went into the kitchen and began emptying drawers, then armed himself with a large carving knife. He pressed the blade to his mother's throat and threatened to kill her, according to the release.

His mother fought back. During the struggle, the carving knife cut her finger to the bone.

Vaughn-Elliott's sister heard her mother screaming and locked herself in a bedroom, according to the release. He then went to the door of the room she was in and ripped it off the hinges.

He grabbed his sister by the hair, dragged her out of the bedroom and took cellphones from both women so they couldn't call police, according to the release.

After the fight, Elliott went to Bayfront Health Brooksville. Hospital officials called the Sheriff's Office.

About 2:20 p.m., deputies responded to a home at 6387 Raley Road in Hill 'n Dale. Vaughn-Elliott was standing on the roof and told deputies he had a handgun, according to the release. As more units arrived, Vaughn-Elliott moved to a shed and barricaded himself.

Deputies with the Crisis Response Team negotiated with Vaughn-Elliott for several hours. Just after 5 p.m., deputies and police dogs entered the shed. One of the dogs bit Vaughn-Elliott, and a deputy used a Taser to detain him, according to the release. Deputies found a .22-caliber pistol on him.

Vaughn-Elliott was taken to Bayfront Health Brooksville for treatment of dog bites.

Deputies arrested him on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, among other charges.

Diggett was also arrested on a charge of resisting an officer without violence after she didn't tell deputies that Vaughn-Elliott had a gun.

Deputies booked Vaughn-Elliott and Diggett into the Hernando County Detention Center, where they remained Tuesday in lieu of $140,500 and $1,000 bail, respectively.

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