Police: Man shot wife, barricaded self in apartment

Ortega Farms SWAT standoff ends peacefully

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Azaryahu Tucker
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Azaryahu Tucker

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A standoff between a man with a gun and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office SWAT Team ended peacefully early Wednesday morning.

JSO Public Information Officer Christian Hancock said Azareyah Tucker barricaded himself inside an apartment at Ortega Pines Apartments Tuesday evening after he shot and injured a woman. 

Officers responded about 8 p.m. to the domestic-related shooting on Ortega Farms Boulevard.

When police arrived, they learned Tucker, 35, had shot a young woman in one of the apartments. At one point, Hancock said, Tucker also fired shots outside the apartment, but it's unclear who or what he was shooting at. Sheriff Mike Williams later tweeted a photo, saying an officer's cruise was struck 10 times by gunfire.

The woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Hancock said there was a child in the residence at the time, but the child was not hurt.

Tucker's family said the woman he is accused of shooting is his wife and the child is their young son.


Tucker then barricaded himself in the apartment, Hancock said, and a SWAT team and negotiators were called to try to get him to come out. 

Hancock said Tucker made contact back and forth with negotiators, then SWAT Team members threw gas inside the apartment and Tucker came out and surrendered peacefully just before 3 a.m. Wednesday.

One building of the apartment complex was evacuated. Hancock said officers are making every effort to get people back in their homes.

Tucker was arrested and taken Downtown to police headquarters for questioning.

He has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated domestic assault and possession of a firearm by an out-of-state felon.