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Police standoff in St. Petersburg began with threats, gunshots but ends peacefully

ST. PETERSBURG — A police standoff early Friday began with threats and gunshots but ended peacefully several hours later after the man who barricaded himself surrendered.

The standoff began with a comment that upset Fred James Davis, police said.

Davis was drinking with David Mattock and his sister Margaret Lambrecht in a home on Alcazar Way S. Davis, 48, left promising revenge over something Lambrecht said about a former girlfriend of his.

Mattock followed Davis to a home on Barcelona Drive S that he rents from Lambrecht. Once inside, Davis pointed a .22-caliber handgun at Mattock's chest. Mattock, 33, managed to flee back to Lambrecht's home, where she called police about 1 a.m. and told them Davis threatened to kill Mattock and burn down the home. She told police Davis said he "would shoot it out with police" to avoid returning to prison.

After Mattock left, Davis fired two rounds. Police surrounded Davis' home and watched him barricade the doors and turn off the lights. About 2 a.m., they negotiated with him in a phone call as Davis threatened suicide and increasingly threatened the officers.

Hours later the police tactical apprehension and control team arrived and at 6 a.m. Davis agreed to surrender, police said.

Davis was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also was arrested on an outstanding warrant for felony violation of probation for driving under the influence, police said. Police said he had several prior DUI convictions.

Police said they found two shotguns, two rifles and a 5-gallon can of gasoline in Davis' home.

Police standoff in St. Petersburg began with threats, gunshots but ends peacefully 04/29/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 10:21pm]
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