Monday, January 22, 2018
Public safety

Police: New Tampa man fires at officers during four-hour standoff

TAMPA — A New Tampa man faces aggravated assault charges after he fired at police officers and refused to leave his apartment during a four-hour standoff Wednesday, according to the Tampa Police Department.

The department received a call about 3:20 p.m. about an armed man who was talking about harming himself and maybe others, police said. When officers arrived at 20460 Colonial Hill Drive, in the Colonial Grant at Hampton Preserve complex, a man later identified as 32-year-old Austin Story went into his apartment and refused to cooperate, police said.

Police secured the area around the apartment and called a tactical response team.

Police tried to communicate with Story for the next few hours and eventually fired a gas canister into the apartment. When they did, Story fired a number of rounds at officers, who returned fire, police said. About 15 minutes later, at 7:24 p.m., Story walked out unarmed and was arrested. Police say he fired at officers four times during the standoff.

Story was booked into the Hillsborough County jail on four counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. He was being held Thursday on $30,000 bail. Jail records list Story's occupation as system engineer.

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