Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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HCSO: Man threatened to kill girlfriend, self, forcing evacuations

TAMPA — A man threatened to commit a murder-suicide and then barricaded himself in his girlfriend's home after she escaped. The incidents prompted the evacuation of nearby homes for several hours Saturday afternoon until he gave himself up, authorities said.

James Marshall Fullwood II, 38, faces charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, domestic violence-battery, false imprisonment and fleeing to elude, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said, and he was taken to a hospital Saturday evening for mental evaluation under the Baker Act. The Sheriff's Office released the following account:

At 4:12 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call about domestic violence in the area of Cypress Ridge Place and Country Run Road in the Beacon Meadows development. (The address was not released because the resident — Fullwood's girlfriend — is the victim, the Sheriff's Office said.) A deputy pulling into the neighborhood just off Gunn Highway in the Carrollwood area saw Fullwood driving away, and when the deputy followed, Fullwood drove back to his girlfriend's home. The girlfriend had escaped, and a deputy saw Fullwood carrying a handgun as he re-entered the home.

Once inside, Fullwood closed the blinds and locked the doors. A deputy called the home and tried to persuade Fullwood to come out, but the effort was unsuccessful, and Fullwood told the deputy he wanted to kill himself. The Sheriff's Office's SWAT team was activated about 4:40 p.m., and eight nearby homes were evacuated.

"Anytime there's anyone nearby we think may be in danger, we evacuate those homes," said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez Nunez.

Crisis negotiators called Fullwood later in the afternoon and persuaded him to come out of the home. He was arrested about 6:45 p.m. Fullwood, who is from Lutz, has been convicted of seven felonies in Florida, state Department of Corrections records show, including cocaine and methamphetamine possession, aggravated stalking and grand theft. He spent four years and one month in prison from 2006 until 2010.

Will Hobson can be reached at (813) 226-3400 or [email protected]

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