Police: man in Ocala standoff fatally shot himself

Posted at 6:18 AM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 06:18:00-04

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a man fatally shot himself after a standoff with officers in a north Florida library parking lot.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that officers responded to the city's main library branch Monday. Nearby buildings had been locked down following reports of an armed man in a car who was threatening to hurt himself.

Ocala police say they tried to communicate with the man, whose identity was not released, but could not reach him.

A SWAT team responded and tear gas was administered.

Police say two loud pops were heard after that. The man inside the car was taken away by emergency personnel.

Police said later he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.