Coral Gables

Man barricades himself in car with rifle before being taken into custody, police say

Coral Gables police took a man into custody early Monday morning who had barricaded himself in his vehicle with a number of weapons including at least one rifle, police said.
Coral Gables police took a man into custody early Monday morning who had barricaded himself in his vehicle with a number of weapons including at least one rifle, police said.

Coral Gables officers took a man into custody early Monday morning after he barricaded himself in his vehicle with a rifle, police said.

According to police, Valden Pierre Tatum, 36, crashed his SUV into a tree near the corner of Le Jeune Road and Navarre Avenue at about 9 a.m. When officers approached the vehicle, they noticed a weapon and backed off. The man then drove his car a short way down the street and was barricaded in the vehicle for a short while.

Police eventually took him into custody. There were no injuries and no shots fired. The incident during the morning rush hour, which brought out the city’s SWAT members, some with long rifles, tied up traffic at the busy intersection.

Tatum was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and ticketed for the crash.

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