ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – What began as a police stand off with a man alleged to be holding his family hostage ended when the suspect finally responded to officers – after waking up from an alcohol-and-drug-induced stupor.
According to Tampa Bay Online, police were brought on scene at the residence of Norman Brewster, 75, by a domestic dispute call just before 7 a.m. on Sunday.
When they arrived, Brewster’s stepdaughter Jessica greeted them by saying that the elderly man had been drinking and aiming a loaded shotgun at her.
The argument began when Brewster allegedly told the family that he wanted them to leave, and threatened to shoot them if they did not. Jessica Brewster reportedly lives at the residence with her mother, boyfriend and four young children.
Though most of the family left the house when the trouble began, her mother, 81-year-old Myrtle Brewster, opted to stay.
Authorities waited outside, trying to initiate contact with the pair using phone calls, air horns and concussion grenades.
It wasn’t until 2:30 in the afternoon that Brewster finally answered his phone, then left the house with his wife of his own volition nearly eight hours later. He was unarmed.
It was alleged that a combination of alcohol and sleeping bills rendered Brewster unconscious for the entire duration of the incident.
There were no injuries, but a reported 50 officers were occupied by the stand-off.