Melbourne Police Apprehend Assault Suspect After Standoff

By  //  May 9, 2013

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SURRENDERED WITHOUT INCIDENT

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Earlier today, an assault suspect attempted to barricade himself from Melbourne Police. He is currently being booked at the Melbourne Police Department and will then be taken to the Brevard County Jail.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA –A standoff with a barricaded subject in Melbourne has ended, according to the Melbourne Police Department. 

Today, at 8:46 a.m., Melbourne Police officers responded to 525 Poinciana Drive after receiving a call from a man who stated he had a gun pointed at him during a disturbance.

The Melbourne SWAT team and Crisis Negotiation Unit, as well as specialized units from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, were called to the scene.

The Melbourne SWAT team and Crisis Negotiation Unit, as well as specialized units from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, were called to the scene.

According to the Melbourne Police Department, the victim told police that Douglas Alan Van-Buren pushed and punched him before retrieving a hunting rifle and pointing it at him.

The victim was able to leave the home and call for help.

CRISIS NEGOTIATION UNIT

As officers arrived on scene, they attempted to make contact with Van-Buren who was still in the home. Van-Buren then began to close windows and make movements inside that gave officers an impression that he was barricading himself in.

Negotiators made multiple attempts to communicate with Van-Buren who was reluctant to speak with law enforcement. Ultimately, officers began to enter the home when contact was made with Van-Buren. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Van-Buren is currently being booked at the Melbourne Police Department and will then be taken to the Brevard County Jail.


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