An armed standoff Tuesday night into Wednesday morning ended peacefully Wednesday morning when a man who held police at bay was taken into custody.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Becky Herrin said the man, Chris Cox, 25, is wanted in Tennessee for interference with child custody, had a handgun and was barricaded alone inside a house at 898 50th St. bayside in Marathon. She said he put down his gun and deputies saw that through a window, and rushed him about 10:50 a.m. Wednesday.
Cox reportedly came down to the Keys with his 23-girlfriend, the girlfriend’s 6-year-old son and another man. The son is now in state custody as his biological father travels to the Keys to pick him up.
No one was in the house with Cox and no other members of the public were endangered, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies had been on the scene since 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. Cox barricaded himself in the house when they arrived and refused to come out.
Police said several times during the course of the incident he held the gun to his head, threatening to shoot himself. Hostage negotiators were on scene from Key West (they relieved Sheriff’s Office negotiators). Initially, some people living close to the house were evacuated to a safer location, but they have since been allowed to return to their homes.
Helping the Sheriff’s Office were police from Key West, Key Colony Beach the Florida Highway Patrol and U.S. Border Patrol.