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UPDATE: Man in standoff at Lido Key condo found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Sarasota Police negotiating barricade
Sarasota Police negotiating barricade(Sarasota Police Dept.)
Published: Jul. 10, 2021 at 4:50 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2021 at 11:53 AM EDT
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UPDATED Monday, July 12, with additional details.

Sarasota Police detectives are continuing their investigation into a shooting that happened at a condominium building Friday evening on Lido Key.

The preliminary investigation has shown a recently fired 58-year-old employee of the condo at 1800 Benjamin Franklin Drive went back to the building in an attempt to hurt a man living there.

The man and a woman fled from the condo as the former employee fired multiple shots at them before going to a parking garage and firing multiple rounds into two unoccupied vehicles. The man and woman were able to escape without serious injury.

The former employee barricaded himself inside a condo until officers found him just after 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2021. He was found deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Benjamin Franklin Drive was closed in both directions from South Lido Park to Taft Drive until 9 a.m. Saturday, July 10, to allow Sarasota Police officers and criminalistics technicians to process the scene.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 941-263-6070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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Officers with the Sarasota Police Department are investigating a shooting in the 1800 block of Benjamin Franklin Drive, Sarasota.

Sarasota Police officers responded to the condo building just after 11:30 p.m. on Friday. Detectives tell us that a man, age 58, is a disgruntled former employee who was fired from his maintence job at the condo building earlier this week. Officers believe the man fired shots into an empty, parked car.

Shortly after firing into the car, the man was involved in a dispute with two other people. Officers believe the man is now barricaded on the condo property.

At this time, members with the Sarasota Police Department SWAT and CNU (Crisis Negotiation Unit) are working to negotiate a peaceful outcome. They have been on scene since 1 a.m.

Benjamin Franklin Drive is closed in all directions from South Lido Key Beach to the 1500 block of Benjamin Franklin Drive. Residents and citizens are being asked to avoid the area and stay inside.

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