Hostage situation in Bradenton ends with suspect killed after shooting at SWAT members

The manager of the complex was being held hostage
Posted at 9:25 AM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 21:42:27-04

A suspect who barricaded himself inside of a mobile home park clubhouse in Bradenton is dead after a 6-hour-long hostage situation on Thursday. 

Earlier Thursday, neighbors reported that they heard gunshots in the area and called police. 

Deputies say at approximately 7:45 a.m. they responded to an incident at Pescara Lakes Mobile Home Park located at 570 57th Ave. W., Bradenton.  

When they arrived, they learned an armed man, later identified as 68-year-old Glenn Watenpool, had barricaded himself inside the clubhouse with another man, identified as 54-year-old Mike Albaugh who is employed at Pescara Lakes. 



Police said Watenpool wouldn't comply with any of their instructions. Watenpool was upset with several ongoing issues in his life and told negotiators he wanted to kill himself. 

After hours of negotiations, the SWAT team entered the building at 2:03 p.m., and as soon as they entered the building, he fired shots at them. The SWAT team returned fire, striking and killing Watenpool.

"He made the point a couple of times that this was his day to be heard and this is how he was going to do it," said Sheriff Rick Wells.

Albaugh was transported to the hospital for treatment of a non- life threatening injury he suffered when Watenpool struck him in the head with a gun.  

Residents near the clubhouse self-evacuated for their own safety. 

"It is kind of spooky, this is a quiet senior citizen community," said resident Linda Pray.

MCSO Professional Standards is conducting an investigation of the shooting as it does with all deputy-involved shootings