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SWAT team called to Clearwater home for armed, suicidal man

CLEARWATER — A police SWAT team called out by a mother complaining of her son's disturbing behavior discovered an empty house Friday morning in Clearwater.

Authorities said the woman called 911 and hung up at about 6:40 a.m. Friday. Arriving on scene, officers found her outside. She said her son, Hiram Ray Daniels, was acting erratically.

Police said Daniels, 30, has a history of mental problems. Clearwater SWAT officers evacuated neighboring residences and made entry to the house at 1404 Stewart Blvd. at 10:23 a.m., but discovered no one inside.

Police said they found a weapon in the house, and did not know whether Daniels had taken another weapon with him when he left.

Police continued to search for Daniels until late Friday. Daniels' attorney told police that he had arranged to have his client placed in a mental health facility, officials said.

Criminal charges were referred to the state attorney's office.

Check back with tampabay.com for updates.

SWAT team called to Clearwater home for armed, suicidal man 01/04/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 4, 2013 10:20pm]
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