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Former military man arrested after SWAT situation in Oakleaf

Joshua Ransford, 35, was taken into custody

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – A former military man was arrested after a domestic dispute Sunday night at a home in Oakleaf Plantation, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

During the dispute, a woman ran to a neighbor's home for help and her husband ran after her, forcing her back into their home in the Forest Hammock subdivision, according to Chris Padgett, with the Clay County Sheriff's Office. An 8-year-old boy was said to be inside the home.

Four to five homes nearby were evacuated as a precaution.

After a couple of hours, investigators were able to coax the man out of the home, Padgett said. He was identified as Joshua Ransford, 35.

Neighbors are reacting to this news in shock. They said they live in a relatively quiet neighborhood. 

"It’s just surprising. I was very surprised. This is a very peaceful neighborhood. It’s a very safe environment. Just shocking that I come and see a lot of police officers in this neighborhood," said neighbor Mizzy Lund. 

"This is surprising to see all this police activity. I don’t have a clue what’s going on, but I’m sure it’s pretty serious," said neighbor Lee Griffin. 

Deputies say they received the 911 call around 5 p.m. At that time, the spouse was at a neighbor’s home.

"When these types of situations occur, they’re ever-changing and very fluid, and we have residents whose safety is our top priority along with victims in these types of cases," said Padgett.

Ransford was taken into custody, Padgett said. Deputies were assisting the woman and child.

News4Jax learned that Ransford is former military, so deputies said they came in with knowledge of that and they approached the situation knowing Ransford had more training with weapons than the average citizen. 

Deputies say Ransford could face several charges, including burglary to an occupied dwelling, kidnapping and domestic violence.