Suspect arrested after six-hour standoff in Tallahassee condominium
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Roughly six hours after officers initially made contact with the suspect, Myrick Rittman, 30, surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident, according to a statement released by the City of Tallahassee.
The Tallahassee Police Department responded to a call of a hostage situation just before 8 a.m. Sunday at the 1900 Block of Corvallis Avenue, inside the University Green Condos condominium complex, according to TPD Spokesperson Alicia Turner.
When officers arrived on scene, the armed suspect was barricaded inside the home with two adult females. A short time after officers arrived, the victims were able to safely exit the home. Additionally, the nearby residences were evacuated out of an abundance of caution.
Due to the nature of the incident TPD’s Tactical Apprehension and Control Team, who have specialized training, were called out to assist with the arrest of the suspect and to ensure the safety of others in the area. Additionally, Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene to offer assistance with their K9 unit.
Police in tactical gear were seen entering University Green Condominiums in Tallahassee Sunday morning as an armed suspect was reportedly self-barricaded in a home Sunday afternoon.
The tactical apprehension team went inside a unit the suspect was thought to be in at 12:40 p.m. Sunday, according to WCTV’s Michelle Roberts, but it appeared the suspect was still barricaded according to reporting from Brandon Spencer.
A bomb truck present to assist the police with the situation, Turner told WCTV, and that a tactical team was present to safely arrest the suspect. There is no bomb threat.
WCTV was on the scene earlier Sunday morning where police and an EMS vehicle congregated at a nearby business on West Tennessee Street, and then police in tactical gear rode into the condominium complex on a tactical vehicle.
TPD says two flash bangs were used around 10:30am. Armed man is still barricaded in the University Green Condo on 1900 block of Corvallis Ave. Robots and drones are being used. Suspects Pastor could be heard on loud speaker. @WCTV pic.twitter.com/HcCTQXICaX— Michelle Roberts WCTV (@MRobertsWCTV) October 3, 2021
Police could be heard on a megaphone telling the suspect, “We know your inside and your phone is with you and it works. You need to call us,” they said. “Your apartment is surrounded, you’re under arrest.”
Around 2 p.m., Rittman surrendered to police and was was taken into custody, according to the statement released by the city on their official website.
Rittman was charged with armed burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting arrest without violence.
No motive is known at this time.
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