Altercation leads to shooting, standoff with police in Fernandina Beach
Steve Euvell Williams charged with attempted murder
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – A man barricaded himself early Wednesday morning after a shooting in the Peck Center area in Fernandina Beach, police said.
Police said they were called at 5:16 a.m. to the area, where the victim, Thomas Cedrick Neal, reported another man, later identified as Steve Euvell Williams, shot at him six to eight times as he ran from a home at 619 S. 10th Street.
Police said Williams then went into the home and barricaded himself inside, leading to a standoff.
Police said residents in the area were evacuated and the standoff continued for about two hours.
During the standoff, police were able to establish communication with Williams and learned that several people, including small children, were inside the home. However, police said Williams eventually agreed to send them out and he surrendered without further incident.
Police said their investigation found Williams and Neal had been in a verbal altercation that turned physical, and as it escalated, Williams went inside the home, retrieved the gun and began chasing Neal while firing the gun at him.
A search warrant of the home produced a .380 semi-automatic handgun, ammunition, a sawed-off shotgun, powder and crack cocaine and illegal prescription drugs.
Williams was arrested and charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Police said additional charges are pending.
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