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Suspect is taken into custody after a standoff in downtown Punta Gorda

James Alan Currie
Posted at 4:36 PM, Mar 21, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-22 19:17:32-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — A suspect was taken into custody after a standoff in downtown Punta Gorda around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) received a tip from the Collier County Sheriff's Office that a criminal suspect identified as James Alan Currie was in the area of Punta Gorda.

Currie was wanted for several charges including armed burglary, theft of a firearm, and grand theft in connection with a March 20 burglary in North Naples.

A spokesperson with the CCSO says Currie, was in the 23000 block of Cherry Avenue in Port Charlotte.

Once they located Currie deputies attempted a traffic stop and that's when they say he attempted to get away.

Currie then pulled into a parking lot. Currie was given commands to show his hands and exit the vehicle which he ignored.

After a three-hour standoff, Currie was eventually taken into custody.

Currie was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries before being transported to the Charlotte County Jail.

Currie's vehicle was searched and deputies found a total of four loaded firearms including one rifle and three handguns.

Currie is being charged with fleeing to elude, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, failure to register a motor vehicle, and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.