A man who was holed up inside his Hollywood home Wednesday, leading to a SWAT standoff that lasted several hours, was shot and killed by police after starting a fire inside the home and then confronting officers outside, officials said.
The man’s identity has not been released.
The man was shot about 9:30 a.m. following a standoff that began before dawn in the neighborhood near North 62nd Avenue between Sheridan Street and Taft Street, just east of Florida’s Turnpike.
Smoke began billowing from the home sometime after 9 a.m.
“At some point, the officers observed the individual lighting a paper bag on fire inside the residence intentionally lightning the house on fire,” said Miranda Grossman, spokeswoman for the Hollywood Police Department.
Throughout the ordeal the man inside the house was firing a weapon both inside and outside of the home, she said.
“That subject then exited the home with a firearm and confronted officers,” Grossman said.
“Officers were then forced to fire (and) the subject subsequently died on scene.”
The incident began shortly before 3 a.m., WPLG-Ch. 10 reported, when a man called the station and asked that a reporter be sent to his address — saying that “something would happen.”
The station said its staffers immediately notified police.
A short time later the man called back saying he had a shotgun on his lap, the station reported.
“The SWAT Team, along with our crisis negotiators, have been here since about 3:30 this morning making numerous attempts to bring this situation to a peaceful and safe conclusion,” Grossman said.
Dozens of police officers, SWAT members and other emergency crews were in the neighborhood all morning. They were later joined by personnel and units from Hollywood Fire Rescue.
As the initial police response was taking place, a perimeter was set up around the neighborhood and the surrounding area was evacuated.
Among those evacuated well before dawn was Alain Reinaldo, 45, who lives very close to the home where the man claimed to be armed.
Reinaldo said he heard gunshots about 3 a.m. and was evacuated by Hollywood SWAT members — along with his wife, their three children and his mother-in-law and the family’s two dogs — at about 4 a.m.
“The SWAT Team knocked on the door and said everybody has to leave because of an active shooter in the neighborhood,” he said. “It was crazy.”
Police have answered calls at the same house before, Reinaldo said.
Though the evacuated residents were inconvenienced and a life was lost, police are glad the situation did not become even worse.
“This individual endangered the lives of the residents around this area and the police department is thankful that no other lives were lost,” Grossman said.
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