Daytona Beach Police say they took a woman safely into custody after a nearly 3-hour beachside standoff at a local motel late Wednesday afternoon. A report on the Police Department’s website says it started around 4:45 p.m. Thursday after the woman and her boyfriend “…had been out drinking most of the day….” Police say the woman had an argument with her boyfriend regarding the boyfriend speaking to another female. Back at their motel room, police say the argument lead the boyfriend to call officers and the woman started to “…throw bullets at the boyfriend.” The boyfriend then left, police say, and the woman barricaded herself in the room at the Sun and Surf Motel on North Atlantic Avenue when police arrived.
Negotiations were started with the woman, but police say she refused to leave the room, and fired several shots inside the room and made suicide threats. During the standoff, police say the woman would open and close the motel room door. Swat Team officers were also on the scene according to reports, and police say they deployed four canisters of tear gas into the room. Police say the woman then fired “…several more rounds…” and officers deployed another four canisters of tear gas inside the room. Police say the woman “…finally threw the gun down and gave up.” Police report that 21-year old Heather D. Beaver of Sylvania, Georgia, was then taken to Halifax Hospital for evaluation. Police said she fired 18 rounds in the room with a 45-caliber gun and “…had at least another 12 rounds.”
Daytona Beach Police say once the woman is cleared from the hospital, “…she is facing a host of charges to include Attempted Murder of Law Enforcement Officers as some of the shots were fired [in the officer’s] direction.” Police say they did not return fire and no one was injured in the incident, which ended around 7:20 Wednesday evening.
During the incident, police report that an unknown number of guests were evacuated at the Sun and Surf Motel, along with several guests at the pool deck of The Comfort Inn next door.
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