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Suspect in Dunedin standoff surrenders peacefully

DUNEDIN — A Clearwater man who peacefully surrendered following a five-hour police standoff Friday morning has been charged with attempted murder.

Around 6:30 a.m., authorities responded to 1129 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Dunedin, where they believed a suspect was barricaded in a house.

Just before 11:30 a.m., the shirtless male suspect, identified as 23-year-old Martez Allen, emerged from the house, was handcuffed and was put in a squad car. No shots were fired.

"Our team of negotiators got him on the phone and were able to get him to surrender peacefully," said Pinellas County sheriff's spokeswoman Cecelia Barreda.

The home is just east of Dunedin's wastewater treatment plant. Neighbors gathered at the scene said the suspect who was arrested did not live in the house.

Authorities said the incident began with a domestic dispute between Allen and his live-in girlfriend in Clearwater last night.

Allen called and threatened to kill the 26-year-old woman over their recent breakup.

When she arrived home just before midnight, Allen came out of their house at 1008 Pinellas St. and fired several shots at her vehicle, Clearwater police said. Allen then pulled the woman from her vehicle and shot at her again, but missed.

Police said she wasn't injured.

Allen fled the scene in the woman's car, which was later found abandoned near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Woodlawn Street in Clearwater.

An investigation led officers to the home in Dunedin, where he was arrested hours later.

Allen is being held at the Pinellas County jail.

Suspect in Dunedin standoff surrenders peacefully 10/14/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 14, 2011 2:31pm]
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