TAMPA — A 38-year-old man was arrested on weapons charges after initially refusing to come out of an apartment where shots were reported Tuesday morning.
Tampa police say Antwoine G. Noland, a felon released from prison last year, would not come out of an apartment at 10915 Bourbon Court for two hours.
Police had gone to the apartment after receiving a call of shots being fired shortly after midnight and got permission from Noland's girlfriend, Carmen Baez, to search the home they shared, officials said.
During the search, police discovered an AK-47 rifle that had been stolen in 2007. Noland fled the scene, and police confiscated the gun and left the apartment.
Noland then returned about 6 a.m., and officers tried to arrest him. But he refused to come out of the apartment, police said, and Baez and her sleeping 4-year-old son stayed with him.
The police tactical unit responded, treating it as a hostage situation. Officials later said Baez stayed inside willingly.
Noland did not threaten to hurt anyone, police said.
Two hours later, Baez agreed to open the door, and Noland was taken into custody.
Police were still investigating whether Noland had fired the shots reported around midnight. He told police he was not involved. Noland has been arrested 19 times and was most recently imprisoned on a cocaine charge, records show.
He was being held without bail Tuesday night in the Hillsborough County jail on two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm — one count for the AK-47 and the other for ammunition — false imprisonment and theft of a firearm.