52-year-old Larry Thompson was surrounded by a SWAT team and other Jacksonville police officers for more than seven hours they entered the home he was barracked in and found him lying on the floor with a gun in his hand.
Police were very patient and tried just about everything to get Thompson out alive. There's still plenty of unanswered questions in the disappearance and death of 20-year-old Michelle McCoy and police were hoping to get answers from Thomson.
JSO Director of Investigations Dwayne Senterfitt says, "This wasn't the result we were hoping for." He says, "We we're hoping to get some information from Mr. Thompson, but that's not going to happen now."
The day long standoff started around noon after police got a tip indicating the wanted man could be in the area. At that point a SWAT team came out followed up by police, a K-9 unit, a mobile command center, a hostage negotiator and then they brought in some armored equipment. They brought in a small tank with a battering ram in front of it.
There was contact between the negotiator and Thompson but that didn't last. Thompson told police he was coming out and even walked up to the door but then changed his mind. Over a megaphone you could hear them say, "Larry Thompson, come out with your hands up, this is Jacksonville Police and we're not going away."
After hours of waiting they used some of their equipment to get a visual inside the home but not before blasting dozens of canisters of tear gas inside the home.
Senterfitt says, "One or two SWAT members thought they heard what could be a gun shot." That's what pushed them to get inside. They found Thompson on the ground, he had shot himself.
Thompson was inside of a home on Francis Street off of Eighth.
Senterfitt says, "We wanted this to turn out differently, he was at the door a couple of times but went back in."
About four hours before the standoff officially came to a close there were blasts that sounded like gunfire, the family had mixed reactions to that, some were happy that the standoff could be over others including Michelle McCoy's sister were not happy. Melissa McCoy told us she wanted Thompson alive, she wanted him to suffer and that getting killed or committing suicide was just the easy way out.
Jacksonville police are still working on an internal investigation into the response time in the Michelle McCoy case. There are still some questions lingering in the death of McCoy, such as a motive.