TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A six-hour standoff with a barricaded man in Riverview ended with two men dead on Monday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies say they were called to Cypressdale Drive off Valleydale Drive around 7:30 a.m. Monday after receiving reports of a man barricaded inside an apartment. By 12:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office had activated the SWAT team.
According to Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, 30-year-old Keith Jackson killed a man who he described as his partner and wanted deputies to kill him following multiple failed suicide attempts. Chronister said while deputies tried to get in touch with Jackson, they learned he was streaming the incident live on Facebook.
The sheriff also said that Jackson started a fire inside the home around 1 p.m. after deputies told him they would not kill him.
SWAT team and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue came to the house in order to save Jackson and to prevent the fire from spreading to other sections of the apartment complex.
“There was still danger there for the fire department and they didn’t hesitate,” Sheriff Chronister said. “They didn’t hesitate from the moment they hooked up the water, they went and extinguished that fire because they wanted to make sure that no one else’s lives were in danger. I can say proudly no one else’s condo, as they are attached together, has sustained any damage as a result of their quick actions.”
Sheriff Chronister said it will be unknown exactly how Jackson died until homicide investigators finish their investigation.
No one else in the apartment complex was injured. Neighbors tell 8 On Your Side they’re thankful to be safe after tense hours of uncertainty.
“It was unbelievable,” said Jackson’s neighbor. “We saw at least 15 sheriff’s cars and we were like what is happening, Then swat comes in. Then a couple of hours later, then the fire department, five firetrucks and I am like, ‘oh my God, what is happening here.'”