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Man arrested after hours-long stand off at Town 'N Country Complex

The standoff started after Nathanael Cruz, 36, shot at detectives at the Town and Country Apartments off Webb Road, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Nathanael Cruz, pictured in a 2015 Hillsborough County booking photo, was arrested on Nov. 26, 2019 after shooting at Hillsborough sheriff's deputies and then surrendering after an hours-long standoff at the Town and County Apartments off Webb Road in Town 'N Country, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Nathanael Cruz, pictured in a 2015 Hillsborough County booking photo, was arrested on Nov. 26, 2019 after shooting at Hillsborough sheriff's deputies and then surrendering after an hours-long standoff at the Town and County Apartments off Webb Road in Town 'N Country, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. [ Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Nov. 26, 2019|Updated Nov. 26, 2019

A man who shot at sheriff's deputies at a Town 'N Country apartment complex Monday was arrested after an hours-long standoff, authorities said.

Nathanael Cruz, 36, surrendered peacefully and was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident began Monday evening after detectives investigating residential burglaries in the Westchase area arrived at the Town and County Apartments off Webb Road. The detectives had set up surveillance to locate a suspect and evidence.

About 6:20 p.m., detectives saw a woman leave a unit and approached her while she was still in the doorway of the apartment. As they were speaking to the woman, a man later identified as Cruz emerged from the back of the apartment armed with a gun and shot in the direction of the detectives, Chief Deputy Donna Lusczynski said at a news conference.

The detectives returned fire, then retreated.

“They actually had to go to the apartment next door to seek cover and protect themselves and the family that was inside,” Lusczynski said.

Deputies set up a perimeter and the Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team and crisis negotiators arrived. After several hours, the negotiators were able to make contact with Cruz and got him to surrender.

The deputies who returned fire after Cruz shot at them are Joseph Lopez, who started at the Sheriff’s Office in 2005, and Detective Bradley Garbutt, who is in his 10th year at the agency.

Cruz likely will face additional charges related to burglaries, Lusczynski said.

Records show Cruz was released from Florida state prison in 2016 after serving a year for burglary, trafficking in stolen property, fraudulent use of personal identification and giving false information to a pawn broker.