Williston Stand Off

MEDIA RELEASE Date: November 30, 2009Time: 5:00 P.M.
On November 29, 2009 the Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 at 2451 S.E. State Road 121 in Williston. The caller stated that six people entered his residence and attempted to kidnap him. During the incident the caller stated that he was thrown in the closet where he armed himself with a Glock 9mm pistol. The caller stated while the subjects were in the residence he exited the closet and shot a female police officer and another victim.
Upon arrival at the residence Corporal Lauree Allen heard several shots being fired from inside the residence and a perimeter was immediately set up around the residence. During the stand off State Road 121 had to be shut down for the safety of any motorist. Sergeant Danny Turner was able to speak to the reportee on the phone and he stated that he had shot several people that were still inside the residence and some of the subjects were able to escape prior to law enforcement arriving.
During the stand off a white adult male was seen exiting the residence armed with a pistol. The subject dropped the weapon and ran to deputies and stated there were injured people inside the residence. The tactical team entered the residence and did not locate anyone injured.

The investigation revealed that caller is a Vietnam Veteran and has some mental issues. Inside the residence he shot 33 times inside the residence. There were numerous firearms and over 6000 rounds of ammunition in the residence. The adult male was taken to the Veterans Hospital in Gainesville for a mental evaluation.