Armed standoff ends peacefully in Bay County

By: WJHG-TV, Josh Gauntt
By: WJHG-TV, Josh Gauntt

A two standoff in Southport came to a peaceful end Thursday afternoon, when 28-year-old Daniel Carroll handed over his weapon to Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen.

A little before 2 p.m., members of the sheriff's office special investigative division tried to pull Carroll's truck over near the intersection of Florida Avenue and 11th Street.

Carroll took off, leading deputies and Panama City Police east on Highway 98 and north up Highway 231.

They say he hit a civilian vehicle at Harrison and 231, and another at East
Avenue and 231, but no one was hurt. At times, Carroll was seen holding a gun to his own head.

Carroll then turned onto Bay County road 2321, the Deerpoint Dam road.
Deputies laid-out a set of spike strips near Big Buck's Food Mart. Carroll swerved to avoid the spikes, and crashed into a ditch.

He continued to hold the gun to his head for the next hour and forty five minutes. Sheriff Frank McKeithen was able to talk Carroll into surrendering.

It was a tense situation in light of the recent events in Okaloosa County, where two deputies were shot and killed.

"When you have a suspect with a gun, even though he was holding it to his head. At that moment, you have to take everything into consideration to keep the public safe," Ruth Corley, of the Bay County Sheriff's office said.

"It was pretty crazy actually. We heard the sirens. We bailed out the back door to see what was going on. We saw guns drawn on the guy and we didn't know what was going on," Brad Taunton, Manager of the Big Buck Food Mart said.

Sheriff's deputies charged Carroll with driving with a suspended or revoked license, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and felon in possession of a firearm.

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