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Standoff with police ends with five exiting Tampa apartment where suspect holed up

TAMPA — Police responding to a report of a person firing a gun Tuesday night ended up in an armed standoff that lasted more than an hour.

Spokeswoman Laura McElroy said officers responding to the call thought the person firing the gun sometime after 10 p.m. took aim at them, firing more shots. Police chased the man into a unit at University Oakwoods Apartments, near E 113th and Lantana avenues west of the University of South Florida, and a standoff ensued.

McElroy said officers were not sure if the alleged shooter lives in the apartment, and police feared another person was inside.

After negotiations with police, the suspect and five other people ultimately exited the apartment peacefully shortly before midnight.

The other people who stepped out of the apartment included three males and two females, one of the five a child. McElroy said none of the people said they were victims or were held against their will.

Police were questioning them late Tuesday.

Standoff with police ends with five exiting Tampa apartment where suspect holed up 05/27/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 8:59am]
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