Standoff with Fla. deputy ends peacefully

Officers said the deputy made enough alarming comments for them to take his service revolver from him


By Pat Beall
The Palm Beach Post

BOCA RATON, Fla. —  In a two-hour long incident this afternoon, roads near Boca Country Club were blocked and a sheriff’s command post set up as Palm Beach and Broward County Sheriff’s deputies tried to talk down a distraught Broward deputy threatening to injure himself.

The deputy’s name is not being released. He is being temporarily admitted to a psychiatric facility under Florida’s Baker Act laws.

According to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s spokesman Eric Davis, Broward officers first went to see the unidentified deputy at about 11 am. He made enough alarming comments for them to take his service revolver from him.

The deputy then got into his patrol car and drove to the Palm Beach County home of his ex-wife, near the Boca Country Club off Congress and west of I-95. The Broward deputies followed. Once there, the deputy grew distraught again. PBSO was called in to negotiate with the man, who continued to threaten to injure himself. No one else was threatened in the standoff, said Davis.

The deputy agreed to be Baker Acted. Roads re-opened at about 3 p.m.

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©2017 The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Fla.)


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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