Suspect now in custody after SWAT situation

Posted at 6:35 AM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 10:35:15-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One man is facing charges after a standoff with police Thursday that went on for hours, even into the night.

That man that barricaded himself during a police standoff of Henderson Avenue is now being held at the Lee County Jail.

His name is Velton Corbett and he is now facing several charges, including 8 counts of attempted murder, after police say he barricaded himself for hours in a Dunbar neighborhood as SWAT team, hostage team, and crisis team members worked to bring it to an end.

Around 1 pm Thursday, police responded to a call at the 3200 block of C Street in Dunbar about Corbett possibly having drugs and a gun on him in his car.  When officers approached him he fired shots and made his way into a house.

At least 20 of the surrounding homes were evacuated with residents having to wait for a resolution.

Then finally, after more than 7 hours of constant communication with officers by phone and with the aid of family members, Corbett surrendered.  No officers were injured.

This is Corbett's 9th arrest locally.  In the past, he's been charged with everything from sexual assault and drug possession, to driving with a suspended license and robbery.