PUNTA GORDA — A 61-year-old local man was being evaluated at Bayfront Health Punta Gorda this morning after his involvement in an armed standoff near U.S. 41 and Olympia Avenue.
Michael Smith, of the 300 block of Harvey Street in Punta Gorda, was driving the wrong way on a one-way street in the downtown area shortly before 9:45 p.m., according to the Punta Gorda Police Department. An officer stopper him, and heard a gunshot from inside the vehicle. Smith allegedly then put the gun to his head. The area was secured, with help from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. PGPD Crisis negotiator Lt. Joe King talked the man into surrendering more than three hours later. The incident ended after 1 a.m. Charges are pending an investigation.
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