Residents shaken after standoff between BSO, fellow deputy
BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) —
Tense moments hung over a Boca Raton neighborhood following a standoff with deputies and one of their own Sunday afternoon.
The man at the center of all of this is a deputy with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Plenty of people were on edge as all of this was going down.
Some people were forced to stay out of the neighborhood as deputies tried to talk down a fellow co-worker who was reportedly making remarks about harming himself.
"I'm a little frustrated because I can't go to my house, since it's Father's Day, I want to celebrate the day with my family,” said resident Fabian Garcia.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the incident began as a domestic call at around 11 a.m. in neighboring Broward County.
That is where PBSO said the deputy handed over his gun to fellow Broward deputies, but also made what’s being called uncomfortable statements.
PBSO said the man then jumped in his cruiser and drove north to Boca Raton, where his ex-wife lives.
"The guard said, ‘No, you can't come in’,” said resident Tammy Futris. “[He] tried to commit suicide, and now he's on the golf course with a AK-47 and all his guns.”
"It's a bizarre situation, I've never seen anything like this,” said another Boca Country Club resident, Harold Clarke.
This is the second standoff in a week involving a law enforcement officer.
A former Miami-Dade officer surrendered after a standoff, psychologist Dr. Rachel Needle said law enforcement is a high stress career, but the men and women behind the badge are still human.
“Because of the prolonged stress that they often go through and the experience of witnessing trauma on a regular basis, I think it is important for them to have somebody to speak to about it,” Dr. Needle said.
The unidentified Broward Sheriff’s deputy is being evaluated at a local hospital.
His ex-wife was not home at the time.