A Florida man who has been arrested greater than 40 occasions on 142 separate expenses was arrested once more Thursday morning after a 12-hour standoff throughout which he barricaded himself in a Pinellas Park lodge room.
Walter Brois, 51, had solely been launched from jail in late 2020 after serving an 11-year sentence, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri mentioned.
Just some days earlier than the standoff, Brois held a gun to a lady’s head in Pasco County, in accordance with police.
“He hasn’t even been out for a yr and he’s sticking a gun at some girl’s head,” Gualtieri mentioned. “It is a dangerous man. It is a man who shouldn’t be on the streets. We’re very lucky that we have been capable of resolve this with everybody protected.”
The Wednesday evening ordeal started when a Pinellas Park officer was investigating a stolen automotive tag at Sam’s Membership on Park Boulevard North.
An officer made contact with Brois, however after 5 minutes he hopped within the driver’s seat, Chief Michael Haworth mentioned.
The officer went to the passenger facet and gave Brois instructions to cease. He then used his Taser twice, however to no avail.
Brois tried to flee the scene together with his automotive and the officer was dragged a bit earlier than he launched himself from the automobile with just a few cuts and bruises, in accordance with the division.
A brief pursuit adopted, ending at a Consolation Inn and Suites on Ulmerton Highway the place Brois barricaded himself in a room on the fourth flooring. Authorities evacuated different lodge friends and closed down a portion of Ulmerton Highway.
Haworth mentioned Brois “made it painfully clear he was not going to return out and we must are available in and kill him.”
When negotiations failed, authorities deployed 50 rounds of tear gasoline into the room. A SWAT staff breached the lodge door with explosives. Deputies fired beanbag rounds at Brois who was reportedly wrapped in sheets on a mattress, and arrested him.
Felony information cited by the Tampa Bay Occasions present that Brois has an extended legal rap sheet, having served three stints in Florida state prisons on expenses of battery, grand theft, trafficking in stolen property and fleeing from regulation enforcement.