SWAT team stand-off on US 19 over, a man under arrest - WFLA News Channel 8

SWAT team stand-off on US 19 over, a man under arrest

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A man hid inside the America's Best Value Inn Motel on US Highway 19 in Pinellas County Tuesday morning, alarming somebody to call police.

Pinellas County deputies and a SWAT team responded to 28488 US 19 North to what they call a "barricaded subject call."

According to the sheriff's report, a man broke into a cab at a nearby mobile home park and stole a backpack with a .45 caliber handgun in it. The cab had an alarm, so the cab company called the driver. The driver chased the man to the motel.

The man barricaded himself in the motel room with his girlfriend threatening to kill any deputies who tried to come inside, according to the sheriff's report. He wanted to negotiate for prescription oxycodone. A negotiator got him to come out of the room around 8 a.m. PCSO officials said.

The man is now under arrest.

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