South Tampa man exits apartment after seven-hour standoff

TAMPA — A man who barricaded himself in his Hyde Park apartment Monday morning came out of his home by ladder after about seven hours of talks with negotiators.

Daniel Lockhart, 34, was not charged with a crime but was taken into custody for his own protection under the state's Baker Act.

The standoff at Madison at SoHo Apartments, 2410 Azeele St., started shortly after Lockhart called police at 3 a.m.

Lockhart told police a group of about 20 people he feared to be CIA agents were breaking into his apartment. Officers responded but did not find anyone there and left.

About 30 minutes later, police got a call from an Ohio relative concerned about Lockhart's state of mind, said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

When police returned, Lockhart refused to leave his apartment, telling officers he had two rifles and a .40-caliber handgun. McElroy said a hostage negotiator talked with him throughout the morning, and a SWAT team surrounded the complex.

Police blocked Azeele between Howard and Armenia avenues, and put out a reverse 911 call advising neighbors to stay inside.

Lockhart will not face criminal charges. He does not have a violent history and did not threaten police, McElroy said.

Inside his apartment, police found a .40-caliber handgun. McElroy said Lockhart's washing machine and dryer were pushed up against the front door.

Police blocked Azeele Street between Howard and Armenia avenues Monday morning as a hostage negotiator and SWAT team worked with a man who barricaded himself in his apartment.

KIM WILMATH | Times

Police blocked Azeele Street between Howard and Armenia avenues Monday morning as a hostage negotiator and SWAT team worked with a man who barricaded himself in his apartment.

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