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Barricaded man in Tampa police custody after exchange of gunfire

Renardo Bucklon, 44, was taken into custody Friday after more than 21 hours of a standoff.
A round fired by Renardo Bucklon, 44, struck a Tampa Police Department ballistic shield.
A round fired by Renardo Bucklon, 44, struck a Tampa Police Department ballistic shield. [ Tampa Police Department ]
Published Dec. 25, 2020
Updated Dec. 25, 2020

TAMPA — A tense 21-hour standoff in an East Tampa motel between police and a man who had fired gunshots at officers ended Friday when they took him into custody.

Tampa police identified the man as 44-year-old Renardo Bucklon and said he was taken to a hospital with “what appears to be minor, non-life-threatening injuries.” No officers were injured.

The confrontation began just after 3 p.m. Thursday after two men got into a “physical altercation” that resulted in Bucklon firing a gun, police said. The second man, whose identity police have not released, was not injured and called officers.

When police arrived, they found Bucklon barricaded in a room at the Roadway Inn at 2904 Melburne Blvd., near where N 50th Street and Interstate 4 meet. They were unable to convince him to come out, leading to the standoff.

At about 9 p.m. officers heard a gunshot from inside. They approached the room to check on Bucklon and he shot at the officers, striking their ballistic shield, police said. The officers retreated.

Later, police tried to flush Bucklon out of the motel room by sending in a chemical irritant. He didn’t come out, instead firing his gun several times inside the room.

By 1 a.m., officers again approached the room to peer in and implore Bucklon to surrender. He was in the bathroom and fired at the officers, who this time shot back.

On Friday morning, Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies were called in to relieve the Tampa police officers.

Mid day Friday, officers ended it by making a “tactical entrance” into the motel room, Tampa police said. Officers didn’t say what charges Bucklon may face.

State prison records show Bucklon has previously been incarcerated five times. He has been convicted of drug crimes, fleeing officers and aggravated battery, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.