TAMPA, Fla. – After hours of negotiations, police have arrested a man who allegedly barricaded himself inside a home, sprayed three people with mace, and poured gasoline inside and outside the property.
Police were called to the 3300 block of W. Price Avenue, just after 12:40 a.am., to investigate reports of a man in a home armed with a taser, BB gun, mace, and gasoline.
The man was identified as 31-year-old Paul Ezzell.
The homeowner told police that Ezzell has been staying at the home for a few months, but was asked to leave for causing disturbances in the past.
Police say that after an argument over a dog, Ezzell threw an ‘unknown hard object’ through the window which struck a victim in the face.
Ezzell then entered the home and began spraying three people with mace. Police say he then ran back outside and started busting the windows out of a white SUV using a baseball bat.
Police say that after damaging the vehicle, Ezzell shot a BB gun at the home and inside of the home.
Ezzell then poured gasoline on the outside of the home and the inside of the home before Police arrived on the scene.
Investigators say that after hours of negotiation, a chemical irritant was discharged into the residence, and at 6:45 AM, officers made entry into the residence, and Ezzell was taken into custody.
He has been charged with two counts of battery, throwing a deadly missile into an occupied residence, arson, and others.
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