Miami Beach

South Beach man barricades himself in apartment after threatening to shoot cops

A man in South Beach threatened to shoot police who were responding to a domestic battery call Thursday night, inciting a large police presence a block away from City Hall.

Police were called to the 14-story apartment building at 1830 Meridian Avenue at 9:37 p.m. for a domestic battery. When cops arrived, they met the victim in a hallway. The man accused of the battery refused to leave the apartment and told police he’d shoot any officers who entered, according to police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez.

The SWAT team was onsite for hours while the man remained barricaded in the apartment. The 1800 block of Meridian was blocked off.

Before 5 a.m. Friday, police arrested the man without incident.

“We were able to mobilize our SWAT team, our hostage negotiation team and tech team and ultimately, in the early hours of the morning, were able to diffuse a potentially bad situation,” said Deputy Police Chief Richard Clements to Miami Herald news partner CBS4 Miami.