PALMETTO, FL- A Bradenton man gets into a domestic dispute with wife, then barricades himself inside home with a gun.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputies were called to the 3100 block of 8th street Court West in Palmetto for a domestic disturbance. According to a Sheriff's report, Allen Matthews struck his wife during an argument. His wife and son called authorities. When deputies arrived, Matthews had locked himself inside the home and armed himself with a .22 firearm.
The neighborhood was evacuated, and authorities surrounded the home. Matthews was actively firing a rifle inside the home and bullets were exiting through the house. Over an hour later a relative was able to speak to Matthews and convince him to give himself up. He eventually did so, and was arrested and charged with domestic battery, improper exhibition of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.