HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) - After an hours-long standoff with the Hialeah Police Department, a man finally surrendered.
Police negotiated with the suspect to surrender for several hours, Thursday.
According to Hialeah Police, the suspect peacefully surrendered, just before 7 p.m.
The man was seen going in and out of a house, while on the phone, and sometimes holding a handgun in the other hand, in the area of 30 East 53rd Terrace, Thursday afternoon.
At some point, at around 5 p.m., he was outside speaking face to face with officers, who tried to approach him, but he fled into the home and slammed the door closed.
Hialeah Police responded to the home at around 11:30 a.m., investigating a truck police believe was being driven by 34-year-old David Rodriguez and was caught on camera in Pembroke Pines on Tuesday purposely backing into a parked SUV.
The SUV he rammed into is believed to be his ex-fiance’s vehicle, which sustained $20,000 worth of damage.
“Rodriguez, who lives at the residence, was armed with a rifle and handgun and was exhibiting concerning behavior,” said police in a statement, “including discharging his firearm several times.”
Police set up a perimeter and urged people to stay inside their homes and away from their windows, while SWAT and crisis negotiators were called to the scene.
“Upon police arrival, we did identify a male armed with a rifle who immediately retreated into the residence,” said HPD officer Jose Torres. “We’ve evacuated areas. We know right now that the male is alone and is currently contained by our SWAT personnel and is currently in contact with our crisis negotiators. The idea for this is to have a peaceful resolve, and we expect this individual to comply, and just basically walk himself out, hands up, so we can get the assistance and help this male deserves and needs.”
Toward the end of the standoff, residents told 7News that their power had been cut. According to Florida Power and Light, they were asked by local law enforcement to disconnect power to a home.
In the midst of this investigation, parents began to panic because there is a daycare in the middle of the area that was locked down.
“Even though I knew my daughter was OK, because she was like OK, it’s like the feeling that you don’t know what is going on, and you don’t know what’s happening,” said a parent. “I feel better.”
Those children have since been reunited with their parents.
“They actually were able to get this individual out, unharmed,” said Torres. “You know, he turned himself in after several hours. David Rodriguez, he’s 34 years old. He’s going to be Baker Acted.”
According to Pembroke Pines Police, Rodriguez is wanted in connection to criminal mischief and other crimes involving the black pick-up truck in his driveway, that he allegedly used to ram another person’s vehicle.
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