Armed Suspect Surrenders To Police After Standoff, Shootout At Coral Gardens Apartments

By  //  January 7, 2016

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Melbourne police continue to negotiate with an armed suspect after he barricaded himself inside a residence at Coral Gardens and fired shots at police on Wednesday night about 1 a.m.

Melbourne police continue to negotiate with an armed suspect after he barricaded himself inside a residence at Coral Gardens and fired shots at police on Wednesday night about 1 a.m.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The armed man barricaded in a residence at the Coral Gardens Apartments surrendered to police after an almost 12 hour standoff, which included a shootout with police.

Melbourne Police Sgt. Sheridan Shelley identified the suspect as 47-year old Michael Thomas Taylor.

The incident began when the Melbourne police responded to a domestic violence call at Coral Gardens, located at 2847 Regency Drive, at about 11:14 on Wednesday night.

Authorities negotiated with the armed suspect through out the night after he barricaded himself inside a residence at the Coral Gardens Apartments and fired shots at police on Wednesday night about 1 a.m.

Police returned fire and no serious injuries have been reported.

A standoff with the armed suspect then ensued and police evacuated area residents to a nearby bowling alley.

Assisting the Melbourne Police Department were the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Melbourne Fire Department.

Police asked the residents of Coral Gardens Apartments to please remain inside their residence until the incident was resolved.

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ABOVE MAP: The armed man barricaded in a residence at the Coral Gardens Apartments surrendered to police after an almost 12 hour standoff, which included a shootout with police.


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