Man refusing to get out of Jeep in Plantation prompts SWAT team to respond

Officers arrested a man after he refused to get out of a white Jeep Cherokee for hours on Friday in Plantation.

PLANTATION, Fla. – Officers arrested a man after he refused to get out of a white Jeep Cherokee for hours on Friday in Plantation.

According to Officer Chavez Grant, a spokesman for the Plantation Police Department, officers responded to a “possible” vehicle burglary at Northeast Fourth Street and Holloway Drive.

“We just want to talk to you,” a negotiator said through a megaphone. “Open your window! Your mom’s on the phone. She wants to talk to you.”

The driver of a Jeep Cherokee refused to get out of the car on Friday in Plantation, police said. (Copyright 2020 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.)

There was a loud bang and the man surrendered about 7:15 p.m.

“SWAT was activated and sometime later, the subject was taken into custody,” Grant said.

John Olivia, who lives in the area, said he and his neighbors were relieved and impressed with the way police officers treated the man.

“You see in some of these other departments ... they rough people up. They were very gentle,” Olivia said. “The guy listened and that’s what it’s all about.”

Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Emily Hales contributed to this report.


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