Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood assists Sheriff's office in disarming man with shotgun on Memorial Hospital property; man committed for psychiatric evaluation

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DAYTONA BEACH -- A 38-year-old man armed with a shotgun in his vehicle who refused to leave Florida Memorial Hospital property eventually surrendered earlier today after Police Chief Mike Chitwood arrived at the scene to support Sheriff's personnel who had jurisdiction.

The Daytona Beach P.D. Swat team also was brought in to respond to the 11:43 a.m. , but Chitwood, along with Sheriff's Sgt. Dave Ingram, were able to convince the gunman seated in his pick-up truck to surrender the weapon and he was subsequently taken into custody for psychiatric evaluation under Florida's Baker Act. Under provisions of this law, Tare allowed to commit persons considered dangerous to themselves or others for psychiatric evaluation up to 72 hours before determining if the stay should be extended, at which a judge would be the final arbiter should the patient want to be released.

Because the hospital is outside the city limits at 301 Medical Parkway, The Sheriff's Office initially responded to the 11:43 a.m. complaint from the hospital.

Daytona Beach Police SWAT responded to the scene as well to assist, but the man surrendered peacefully, giving up the shotgun and getting out the shotgun and stepping out of his pick-up truck.

Police released the man's name in a press release, but VolusiaNews.net is not publishing it, because the man was Baker-acted.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.