Armed man barricades himself, threatens 'suicide by cop'

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Indian River County Sheriff's deputy patrol car. (Indian River County Sheriff's Office)

A man is in the hospital for a mental health evaluation after barricading himself and threatening "suicide by cop," deputies say.

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of 7000 57th Street around 8 p.m. Monday night in reference to a heavily armed person making threats, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies, along with air support, determined the man was actively firing rounds on the property. Family members tried to get the man to come out unarmed, but he refused.

IRC SWAT and Crisis Negotiations Teams (CNT) spoke with the man, who told them he would shoot anyone who stepped foot on his property and that he was intent on committing "suicide by cop," according to the sheriff's office. Negotiators worked for two hours trying to get the man to come out, but eventually, he stopped talking.

The man was finally forced out of the property by chemical munitions used by IRC SWAT and was taken into custody around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, the sheriff's office said.

“We are extremely proud of the patience and restraint shown by our entire team last night. Deputies took all precautions to protect our community. Our CNT team performed well under stress and did their best to resolve the situation," IRC Sheriff Deryl Loar said. "Ultimately, our SWAT team was able to safely resolve this incident. We are glad this man will get the help he needs.”