Man threatens to shoot officers after domestic battery incident, Miami Beach police say

Suspect refuses to leave building, prompting SWAT standoff

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Miami Beach police officers were called to a domestic battery incident Thursday night after a man threatened to shoot officers if they entered the building, Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said.

Deputy Chief Richard Clements said a woman got into a fight with her husband and it became heated.

According to an arrest report, The woman and her husband, identified Friday as Jonathon Gascoine, 44, were out to dinner when Gascoine became "boisterous" toward the waiter.

The woman said she tried to calm down her husband, but he became verbally abusive and hostile toward her.

The woman said she walked home and Gascoine began yelling at her and using profane language once he arrived.

Police said the woman walked onto the balcony of their home to create distance between them and told her husband that she was going to call the police. 

According to the arrest report, the woman went back inside and sat on the couch. Gascoine's actions toward his wife after that were redacted from the report. 

Clements said they were able to get the woman out of the apartment, but when they tried to get the suspect out, he said he had a gun and threatened to shoot officers if they tried to get inside.

Roads were blocked off near the residential building in the 1800 block of Meridian Avenue as the SWAT team and other officers arrived.

Gascoine was taken into custody about 3 a.m. Friday. He told officers when he arrived to the police station that he did not remember what transpired before he was arrested, the report said. 

Gascoine faces charges of battery, grand theft, tampering with a victim and harm against a public servant. 

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