Columbia man arrested after armed standoff

Published: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 12, 2012 at 4:34 p.m.

A Columbia County man was arrested Monday after an early morning standoff with law enforcement at 338 NE Menlo Glen, north of Lake City.

At 2:30 a.m. Monday, Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home north of Interstate 10 in Columbia County. When deputies arrived at the home, 47-year-old Frederick Janigan was armed with a shotgun and threatened to shoot deputies, according to a report from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Janigan was alone when deputies arrived, said CCSO spokesman Sgt. Ed Seifert. Seifert said Janigan’s wife was at the home earlier but left before deputies arrived.

CCSO called a SWAT team and Crisis Negotiation Unit to the scene. Residents in several surrounding homes were evacuated.

Deputies said detectives with the Crisis Negotiation Unit spoke with Janigan for several hours and eventually persuaded the man to leave his home unarmed. Deputies later recovered the shotgun.

Janigan was taken into custody after briefly resisting arrest, the report said. Residents of surrounding homes returned to their houses around 6 a.m., shortly after Janigan was arrested.

No injuries resulted from the incident.

Janigan was booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility with a $55,000 bond. He will face charges in connection with assault with a firearm, resisting arrest without violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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