4-hour police standoff ends peacefully

FOX 35 News at 5 p.m.

- A four-hour police standoff in Daytona Beach ended peacefully on Friday, but parents had to scramble to get their kids to school as police blocked off several blocks in one neighborhood.

According to Daytona Beach Police Department, 27-year-old Joshua Jacobs got into a physical fight with his girlfriend and held her hostage around 3:39 a.m. Friday.   Officers said Jacobs threatened to kill police and himself if they didn't leave.

"He made threats 'Ya'll need to leave the property right now or I'm going to get a gun and put a bullet in both your heads!' to the two officers," said Daytona Beach Police Deputy Chief Craig Capri.

Things quickly escalated from there.

"We tried to get him to negotiate, he wouldn't answer the phone, he wouldn't respond to our public address announcements at which time we ramped up our game, we deployed gas into the residence and he surrendered within a minute a minute and half after the gas was deployed,” said Capri.

All while parents tried to get their kids to school.

"A SWAT guy came out of the swat van and told us we couldn't be over there in the corner where my son usually catches the bus at,” said Daniel Williamson as he tried to get his son to school.

Police said his girlfriend had visible bruises to her face and told them she was never taken hostage. 

She didn't want to talk with us on camera but neighbors are just glad no one was seriously hurt.

"I'm very grateful that it ended the way it did and no one got hurt,” said Williamson.

Jacobs is facing two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and domestic battery.

Daytona Beach Police said domestic abuse calls can turn deadly quickly and it's a big problem here city wide. In fact, they say they respond to 50 to 70 domestic violence calls every two weeks.

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