A gun-wielding man at the center of an hours-long standoff that shut down Florida’s Turnpike near Florida City Thursday afternoon was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and fleeing and eluding, according to police.
Troy Sibila, 45, was being held Thursday night on a $12,500 bond.
Police say it all at about 7 a.m. Thursday when Miami police responded to a domestic call. Around the same time, Miami-Dade police officers were called to a home in the 15700 block of Southwest 26th Street by Sibila’s estranged wife, police said. She told police that he had threatened to harm the family and he had a gun. Police issued a Be-on-The-Lookout alert for Sibila, who was in a black Lexus.
A Miami-Dade officer spotted the car and tried to pull him over, but he didn’t stop, an officer wrote in Sibila’s arrest report. The officer said that Sibila was holding a gun to his head.
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An officer, who is also a hostage negotiator, called Sibila and convinced him to stop north of Exit 1. Sibila surrendered to police after an hours-long standoff that shut down the busy highway in both directions.
Miami-Dade, Florida City and Homestead police responded. The county’s Special Response Team, or SWAT, was also called.