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SWAT call-out on Southside ends in suicide

Man barricaded himself in home after allegedly hitting granddaughter

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A elderly man committed suicide after he barricaded himself in a house on the Southside Monday.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Habersham Circle at 11 a.m. in reference to a domestic incident.

Police said the man allegedly hit his granddaughter earlier that day. Since, the incident did not occur in front of police and there was no reason to believe further violence was going to take place, a report was filed and police left the residence shortly after.

The granddaughter also left the home after battery happened and her injuries are unknown.

Officers received another call at 4:30 p.m. from the man's family saying that he had locked himself in a room and was threatening to kill himself with a gun.

Police responded and sealed the area and made several attempts to communicate with him as well as family members to stand down and surrender and come out to get him the necessary intervention he needed.

The SWAT team arrived a few hours later after the man refused to come out of the home.

After unsuccessful attempts to get the man to surrender, the SWAT team entered the home and found the man dead with a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

The SWAT call-out lasted six hours.

There was no one else at the home at the time.

Police said the granddaughter is doing fine.

Residents living in the neighborhood were not evacuated and police did not believe anyone was in danger.

Police said the man has no prior arrests.


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