SARASOTA, Fla. (FOX 13) - A standoff involving a man, his mother, and his three sons ended peacefully early Thursday evening, thanks in apart to deputies and SWAT officers trained to work with subjects in crisis.
The standoff began Thursday afternoon when a man called 911, telling dispatchers he needed law enforcement and forensics officers at his home.
A representative for the sheriff's office said they knew right away the man on the phone was in distress.
SWAT and more than a dozen deputies responded to the home on Linwood Drive, near Webber Street in the Sarasota Springs area.
Crisis negotiators were able to safely remove the barricaded subjects three sons from the home early on in the standoff. The age of the three male sons was not available.
As of 5 p.m., the man and his mother were still inside the home and hostage negotiators were talking to him on the phone. Within the hour, the man came out of his home with his hands in the air and surrendered to SWAT deputies.
A woman, presumably his mother, followed him out of the home.
Sheriff's and SWAT deputies were praised for their ability to work with a person who was in distress, bringing the situation to a safe end.
The sheriff's office was not able to say whether there were any weapons in the home.
Pictures from the scene showed at least 10 Sarasota County Sheriff's Office vehicles, including the Sarasota County Sheriff's Mobile Command Center RV. A Sarasota County Fire Rescue ambulance was at the scene, as well.
The view from SkyFOX showed a military-style SUV pull into a home's front yard. The vehicle had a battering arm protruding from the front.
This is a developing story. FOX 13's Kimberly Kuizon is giving live updates from the scene on Twitter.