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Subject Involved In Barricade Situation Is Taken Into Protective Custody For Evaluation

Release Number:  11-308

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

John Thomas Tucker (Barricaded subject now taken for evaluation)
DOB: 10/13/1978
Address: 15597 Avalon Avenue, Clearwater

Suzanne Marie Hale (Tucker’s Girlfriend who called 911)
DOB: 04/23/1980
Address: 15597 Avalon Avenue, Clearwater

What:  The subject involved in the barricade situation agreed to speak to deputies and has now been taken into protective custody for evaluation at a local hospital.

Where:  The barricaded subject incident occurred at a private residence located at 15597 Avalon Avenue in Clearwater.

When:  The subject was taken into protective custody at about 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2011.

The barricaded subject situation began at about 9:24 a.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2011.

How/Why: 

Deputies responded to the residence at 15597 Avalon Avenue at about 9:24 a.m. on December 28th after the subject’s girlfriend called 911. She told deputies he was armed and she was concerned for his safety.

Deputies responded. While on scene both the girlfriend and a minor child who was inside the home exited the home safely. The girlfriend was able to exit with one of the guns that had been in the subject’s possession.

In an attempt to establish communication with the subject, deputies supplied a cell phone to the home. However, the subject never picked up on the calls. 

After the girlfriend and the child left the residence, and during the course of the incident, deputies subsequently determined that no crime had taken place and that the subject was in no danger to himself or others. The suspect had no criminal history. Deputies left the scene at around 2:00 p.m.

During the late afternoon hours, deputies called the cell phone in order to retrieve it. The phone was answered by a friend of the subject. During the conversation the subject was asked if he would be willing to speak to deputies about the barricade incident earlier in the day and he agreed to do so.

The subject identified as 33-year-old John Thomas Tucker stated that he had retrieved two guns and sat with them on the couch. When the girlfriend woke up she found him with the weapons in hand and called 911.

Tucker stated he had had a verbal argument with his girlfriend as he wanted her to leave the home and she had refused to do so.

Deputies took Tucker into protective custody and he will be taken for evaluation at a local hospital.

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