Turnpike in Homestead reopens after police standoff ends

HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) - A section of the Florida Turnpike has reopened after a standoff with police ended peacefully in Homestead.

The standoff forced officials to shut the highway down for hours, Thursday.

Miami-Dade Police were in a stand off with a man accused of threatening to harm his family, in-laws and law enforcement, causing officials to close the Turnpike between U.S. 1 and Southwest 137th Avenue in both directions. SWAT Team members, along with Florida Highway Patrol and Homestead Police were also on the scene.

The area between Exits 1 and 6 were affected.

A family member called 911, and police were negotiating with the man for a large portion of the afternoon. Troopers were said to have spotted a man driving down the turnpike with a gun pointed at his head.

The man was later taken into custody without incident and identified as 45-year-old Troy Sibila. Charges against him remain pending.

Sibila surrendered to police, and they said he had a pistol when he was taken into custody.

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