Atlantic Beach, FL - A more than four hour SWAT standoff in the Mayport area ends with the suspect found dead in an apparent suicide.
Melissa Bujeda with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says they were first called to the area of Darlene Drive, just off Mayport and Wonderwood, when a woman called that her neighbor had shown up at her door, apparently beaten by her husband. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and then police began to approach the home they believed the suspect to be in.
"When police tactfully approached the home he was in a gunshot went off,” she says.
SWAT spent several hours carefully approaching the home after that trying to make contact with the suspect. An arrest warrant for domestic battery was obtained. When police finally entered, they found the body of the suspect. We’re told homicide is now moving forward with the investigation, although it appears this was a suicide.
The police presence and risk of the situation forced police to evacuate the immediate area. Mayport Elementary and Middle were also put on lockdown earlier as a result of the police activity. It was the first day back in class.