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1 dead after hours-long standoff in Pinellas Park

Pinellas standoff 3-2-22
Posted at 11:26 AM, Mar 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-03 06:42:47-05

PINELLAS PARK, Fla — A man is dead after an hours-long standoff in Pinellas Park.

Pinellas Park PD was first on scene in the area of 45h St. and 76th Ave. At about 10 a.m. they responded to a 911 hang-up call in the area.

According to police, when officers approached the door, one shot was fired from inside the house hitting a vehicle just outside the front door of the apartment. Officers worked to evacuate the surrounding apartments and negotiate with the suspect identified as Lee Michael Thrall.

Officers determined there were a total of three hostages in the apartment. Two juvenile girls and one adult woman.

Shortly after noon, the two juvenile hostages were released uninjured.

Officers continued to negotiate with the male subject, and the remaining hostage was released around 3:19 p.m. uninjured. Negotiations continued for about 45 minutes until officers attempted to make entry into the apartment.

Officers made entry into the apartment and found Thrall dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.