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Standoff with man barricaded in Tampa hotel ends peacefully after 8 hours

Posted at 4:23 AM, Apr 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-12 09:05:30-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A standoff between the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and a man barricaded with two family members in a hotel ended peacefully Monday morning.

It happened at the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel Airport, located at 6902 Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa.

Dispatchers received a phone call Sunday night at 11:14 p.m. regarding a man who barricaded themselves inside of a room at the hotel.

The caller advised dispatchers the man, identified as 53-year-old Victor Hernandez, had a firearm in his possession.

Deputies say he was holding two family members hostage.

Authorities say Hernandez was extremely agitated, and that at times during the night he fired his weapon inside the hotel. They also say he attempted to start a fire at one point. Hernandez also reportedly fired at the SWAT team.

After 8 hours, the situation was peacefully resolved when Hernandez surrendered. Sheriff Chad Chronister said Hernandez is not local to the area.

Hernandez is facing charges of false imprisonment and assault on a law enforcement officer. Further charges are pending.

Roads have reopened in the area.