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Seven-hour police standoff ends in Clearwater with the arrest of husband

At one point, in a text to officers, James Halterman said, “Come to my door and I will shoot you," according to police.
James Halterman, 47, faces charges of threatening communications or threats of mass shooting and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer after a standoff at The Standard apartments, 2690 Drew St. in Clearwater.
James Halterman, 47, faces charges of threatening communications or threats of mass shooting and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer after a standoff at The Standard apartments, 2690 Drew St. in Clearwater. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Aug. 23, 2020

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man was arrested at his home after a seven-hour standoff during which he threatened to shoot his wife and police.

James Halterman, 49, faces charges of threatening communications or threats of mass shooting and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer after the incident at The Standard apartments, 2690 Drew St.

Halterman’s wife called police shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday and said her husband had threatened to slit her throat and shoot her. In fear for her life, she fled the apartment.

Halterman refused to come out of the apartment as requested by police officers, barricading himself inside with a number of weapons, police said.

At one point, in a text to officers, he said, “Come to my door and I will shoot you."

The SWAT team and negotiator team responded to begin a dialogue with Halterman as people in nearby apartments were evacuated by officers.

At about 6:45 a.m. Sunday, police took Halterman into custody and was booked into the Pinellas County jail.

Police Chief Dan Slaughter praised officers for their patience and restraint.

“This man pointed guns at our officers multiple times and threatened to kill them and his wife,” Slaughter said. “Our teams are skilled at de-escalation and the preservation of life.”