Man wanted in Tennessee barricades self inside Florida Keys home

Christopher Cox threatens to shoot self, refuses to come out, deputies say

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor
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Christopher Cox is wanted on a theft charge in Tennessee.

MARATHON, Fla. - A man who barricaded himself inside a Florida Keys home and threatened to shoot himself was wanted on a theft charge in Tennessee, Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

Christopher Cox was taken into custody about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Herrin said Cox, 25, barricaded himself inside a Marathon house with his girlfriend and her 6-year-old son after deputies showed up there Tuesday night.

Herrin said Cox held a gun to his head and refused to come outside. She said hostage negotiators worked throughout the night and were able to convince Cox to put down the gun and come to the front door.

"I am happy to report we were able to take the suspect into custody without injury to him, any member of the public or to our officers," Sheriff Rick Ramsay said.

Herrin said Cox was wanted in Tennessee for violating a court order pertaining to a theft charge. She said Cox's girlfriend, Jaclyn Wall, had an outstanding warrant in Tennessee for interference with child custody.

Cox and Wall, 23, were booked into a Florida Keys jail. Herrin said Cox may face additional charges.

The boy's father is traveling to the Keys to pick up his son, who is in the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

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