Police: Armed man sought after barricading himself in home

By Crystal Moyer, Morning assignment desk, backup traffic reporter, cmoyer@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 05 2014 06:32:20 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 05 2014 01:30:46 PM EST

VIDEO: SWAT situated outside a Northside home as man barricades himself inside. The incident began in the early Wednesday morning hours as people said possible shots fired in the area. Once the police arrived the suspects girlfriend said he may try to hurt himself.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Police are looking for a 22-year-old man Jacksonville man who they said barricaded himself in a Northside home Wednesday morning.

Officers were called to 1000 Maynard Street off of Norwood Avenue and Interstate 95 about 3:50 a.m. after they received reports of possible shots fired in the area.

When police got there, the girlfriend of Alrah Bynum (pictured below from 2013 arrest) told police he may want to harm himself, investigators said. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office SWAT team was then called to the scene about 5 a.m.

Several roads off Norwood Avenue were closed by police, including Maynard, Ardoon and Crestwood streets.

Police evacuated neighbors and patrol units and command staff on scene made arrangements for the kids in the area to have police escort them to their bus stops. JSO officials said no one was endangered during the incident, but took certain precautions anyway.

"This street is just kind of cursed or something," resident Steve Marrow said. "There's a shooting a couple weeks ago, then a couple years ago there was the baby that got killed by the dog."

At about 12:20 p.m., police said Bynum was not in the home and the standoff was over.

Bynum had active warrants prior to the standoff and is wanted on charges aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, shooting or throwing deadly missiles, driving while license suspended or revoked and failure to appear for a felony, giving false name or identification and failure to appear, possession of not more than 20 grams of marijuana, and criminal misdemeanor.

Anyone who has any information on his whereabouts is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

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