Man who fired at SWAT team ruled not competent for prosecution

Published On: Jun 16 2014 11:31:22 AM EDT

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office images

Gary Robert Schiwart from previous Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo and the Stevens single-barrel shotgun
police say he used to fire shots at SWAT officers during a standoff Thursday afternoon.


A 45-year-old Westside man who police said fired at SWAT officers in January has been ruled not competent for prosecution and remanded into the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

Gary Schiwart was facing nine counts of attempted murder of a police officer and one count of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon.

Police said Schiwart holed up in his Westside home on Jan. 2 after firing a shot at his mother during an argument. Hours later, after coming out with a shotgun three times and exchanging shots with tactical officers, he surrendered.

Schiwart was transported to UF Health Jacksonville with a head injury after being shot during the standoff.

Police initially responded to a call of armed battery at the home on Herlong Road. Later that day, Schiwart's sister called and said he was drunk and threatening to kill their mother and himself. Officers said he fired one shot at his mother as she ran from the house.

Responding officers called the SWAT team when they heard shots from inside the house shortly before 2 p.m.

Police say Schiwart showed himself on three separate occasions during the seven-hour standoff, one time firing a shot on an armored SWAT vehicle. Officers returned fire.

Schiwart showed himself twice more; at least one other time firing at officers and they returned fire. He finally surrendered at 6:38 p.m., about 45 minutes after his third engagement with police.

Police said four officers fired a total of seven shots during the incident.


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