Police remove man from truck after hours-long standoff

Law officials trying to negotiate with a driver who allegedly has a weapon and is making threats and refusing to exit the vehicle, are shown at the scene Monday, January 3, 2011 at the Gainesville Police Department in Gainesville, Fla.

Erica Brough/Staff photographer
Published: Monday, January 3, 2011 at 2:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 3, 2011 at 2:06 p.m.

Gainesville police officers have reopened Northwest Sixth Street at the Gainesville Police Department offices after a standoff with a man in a pickup caused police to close the road for about 3 hours.

The standoff was resolved safely shortly before 4:30 p.m. when the Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics team used flash bangs and a Taser to remove the driver from the 2002 Chevrolet truck, which was in the GPD parking lot.

No one was injured. The driver, John Gamble, 54, was charged with resisting arrest, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies planned to take him to jail after he was evaluated at a hospital.

Alachua County sheriff’s Lt. Larry Seale said Gamble was spotted driving erratically on Southwest 34th Street at about 1:10 p.m. A sheriff’s deputy got behind the truck and tried to pull him over.

Gamble pulled over at the Police Department but did not stop until he reached the south end of the building. He then refused to get out of the truck.

While parked there, he talked on the phone with several people, including family members and members of specially trained teams from the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department.

Law enforcement officers tried several tactics to gets him out of the truck, Seale said. Eventually, they used flash bangs — which create a flash and a puff of smoke to distract someone — and SWAT team members broke windows on the truck and used a Taser to stun the man.

Investigators were searching the truck to determine whether Gamble had a weapon, as police had earlier suspected.

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