Barricaded Subject Exits Home and Fires Toward Officers, Shot by SWAT Sniper in Pinellas Park

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Pinellas Park Police spent the day at a neighborhood after responding to reports of a subject that barricaded himself inside a residence with a firearm. 

The original call for service was at approximately 10:30 a.m. at 6665 100th Avenue N.

Pinellas Park Police responded to a call of an armed adult male subject inside the residence located at 6665 100th Ave N. 

The subject was identified as 20 year-old Anthony Tyler Jones of Clearwater.

A SWAT callout was initiated after it was determined that Jones was not responding to officers commands to vacate the residence.  During the investigation, it was determined that Jones did not live in the residence and was only a guest of a female resident of the home. 

Prior to Jones barricading himself inside residence, the adult female home owner, her adult daughter, and a four year old child managed to escape from the residence and call 911.

Throughout the day, SWAT Negotiators attempted to contact and communicate with Jones.  At one point he communicated that if he came outside he was going to “shoot an officer.” 

For several hours, Jones refused any further communication with officers.  Just before 4:30 p.m. SWAT units used and armored vehicle to push open the front door of the residence in an attempt to further contact with Jones. 

After a few moments, Jones exited and then reentered the residence with a handgun in his hands.  He did this several times before exiting the residence for a final time still with the handgun in his hand.  Jones, at some point while outside, raised his handgun and discharged it in the direction of officers, at which time a SWAT Sniper shot the him one time. 

Anthony Jones is currently in law enforcement custody at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg while he is recovering from his gunshot wound and will be transferred to the Pinellas County Jail when he is medically cleared.

Jones is facing two counts of armed burglary and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm (pending).

Detectives are also investigating the officer involved shooting in conjunction with the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Forensics Unit.

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