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A scary, six-hour standoff within the Sunshine State between a gun-wielding teenager and SWAT groups was briefly interrupted by a 3rd get together: a random girl driving round on a golf cart, who was drunk and, for some purpose, bare.
All of it went down shortly after 8 p.m. in Dunedin on Sunday, when law enforcement officials responded to a name reporting three suspicious males within the space. One of many three suspects fled when cops arrived on the scene, prompting a police chase throughout which the teenager — later recognized as 18-year-old Myles Abbott (above, proper) — allegedly pulled out a gun and fired at close by residents.
Abbott additionally one way or the other shot himself within the thigh at one level through the chase earlier than reportedly managing to climb onto the roof of a home on Michigan Boulevard. At that time, the six-hour standoff started.
Police tried to speak with him from an armored car as the teenager taunted them together with his gun, however he refused to climb down. Finally, deputies introduced Abbott’s sister to the scene in an try to speak him down, however he nonetheless wouldn’t give up — so the SWAT Group and the Negotiator Response Group had been known as in, and negotiation makes an attempt started.
At that time, the scenario went from tense to nearly absurd: out of nowhere, a unadorned girl appeared in a golf cart and began driving across the police automobiles. Cops ordered the lady — who was later recognized as 28-year-old Jessica Smith (above, left), from Boston Massachusetts — to depart the scene, however she refused.
So officers had no alternative however to tug the lady off the cart and cuff her. In line with an affidavit, she had “a definite odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her individual, and she or he was utterly nude.”
She was arrested and charged with resisting an officer with out violence. Investigators stated, per Fox 13:
“The defendant’s actions and incapability to comply with instructions put a number of deputies in danger for probably getting shot at.”
Abbott, in the meantime, was nonetheless on the roof refusing to give up. SWAT officers ultimately shot him with bean bag rounds to drive the teenager, who apparently doesn’t know the lady, off the constructing. He was taken into custody and delivered to a neighborhood hospital for remedy on his self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers recovered the gun and in the end discovered it was stolen.
Abbott was charged with Loitering and Prowling, two counts of Aggravated Assault of a Legislation Enforcement Officer, two counts of Aggravated Assault, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Hid Firearm, Resisting an Officer With out Violence, and Grand Theft of Firearm. He additionally had an excellent warrant for Vehicular Murder.
The opposite two teenagers — later recognized as Skyi Julien, 16, and Ki’moni Anderson, 18 — had been additionally each present in possession of stolen weapons. Each had been charged with Grand Theft of a Firearm and Carrying a Hid Firearm.
Skyi was additionally charged with Possession of a Firearm by Particular person Beneath 18; he was taken to Pinellas Juvenile Evaluation Heart. The older teen confronted a further cost of Felon in Possession of Firearm, and was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.