SWAT situation ends with man in custody
TAMARAC, Fla. (WSVN) -- An all-night SWAT situation came to a dramatic end Monday morning after a man barricaded himself inside a Tamarac home for more than 10 hours.
SWAT members and armored vehicles surrounded the Tamarac home along the 5200 block of Rock Island Road. They were after 48-year-old Kenneth Kiester who refused to come out after allegedly threatening family members. His family called him bi-polar and claimed he had been off his medication for several days.
It all started at 2 a.m. Monday, when family members called police saying Kiester threatened family members before locking himself inside the home. Fran Hayes, a neighbor, woke to the commotion of heavily armed SWAT members. "Two O'clock this morning, I looked out my vertical windows, and I saw about 50 SWAT guys out here, which scared me to death," she said.
Police said they were working under the belief Kiester had weapons inside the home. Hayes said she knew about Kiester's mental illness. "Bi-polar is all I know," she said. "All I know is that he busted in the house, and he had told the father he had five minutes to get out or he was going to kill him or something."
SWAT members entered the home by blowing the front door open with an explosive strip. They then used a BearCat armored bulldozer to knock out all of the windows in the house.
Once inside, the man surrendered shortly after 11:30 a.m., and he was taken into custody. No one was injured.
Rock Island Road closed for the morning, forcing drivers to find other routes.
Now, family members are concerned about who will pay for the damage to the house. They have hired an attorney.
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