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Sheriff sends in SWAT tank and chopper — and finds a sleeping man with food

The Manatee County Sheriff's SWAT team rolls out of the parking lot after man who was detained under the Baker Act at the Bridge Church was surrounded by deputies and SWAT for a couple of hours. It was reported that he made statements that concerned an assistant pastor at the church.
The Manatee County Sheriff's SWAT team rolls out of the parking lot after man who was detained under the Baker Act at the Bridge Church was surrounded by deputies and SWAT for a couple of hours. It was reported that he made statements that concerned an assistant pastor at the church. Bradenton Herald

A Florida sheriff sent in the works — a tank filled with SWAT members, dozens of deputies, a helicopter — and found this inside a church: a sleeping man with a bag of food he had been given.

The cause for alarm: reports of a suspect, possibly armed and making threatening comments, according to bradenton.com. Turned out the man was clutching a liquor bottle filled with wine.

Why the massive response?

"When they heard that, they saw what they thought could be a weapon and they became alarmed and law enforcement got involved," Manatee County sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow said.

The man found at The Bridge Church in Manatee County will not be charged criminally.

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