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Florida man ends SWAT standoff for a slice of pizza

It's unclear whether he actually got the slice he was craving

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a Florida man accused of threatening his family ended a four-hour standoff with police after he was promised a slice of pizza.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that 33-year-old Evan Charles McLemore was arrested Tuesday and charged with resisting an officer and aggravated stalking.

Police say officers responded to a report of a possible battery at the Pensacola home and found McLemore had barricaded himself in a room. Officers say McLemore claimed to have a gun, so they brought in a SWAT team. Crisis negotiators eventually managed to coax McLemore out with the promise of pizza. It wasn't clear if he actually received a slice.

The Pensacola Police Department acknowledged the incident in a Facebook post Wednesday evening, saying "Never underestimate the power of pizza with flavored crust."

"Yes, it's true. We ended a standoff with a barricaded suspect by delivering him a pizza. We cannot comment on the rumors about pineapple being on said pizza -- Operational Security and all that."

McLemore's bond was set at $105,000 bond. Jail records didn't list an attorney.

Never underestimate the power of pizza with flavored crust. Yes, it’s true. We ended a standoff with a barricaded...

Posted by Pensacola Police Department on Wednesday, February 27, 2019