MELBOURNE (CBSMiami/AP) — Police arrested a Florida man who allegedly struck a priest before barricading himself inside a church on Sunday.
News outlets say that police officers in Melbourne, Florida, arrived to the Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church early Sunday in response to an incident involving church officials and a man.READ MORE: LaToya Ratlieff: Apology 'Disingenuous and Disheartening' After Detective Exonerated For Shooting Her In Face With Projectile During Black Lives Matter Protest
Police say the man hit one of the priests and was seen with a firearm when officers arrived at the scene. Members of the church were able to escape, but the man barricaded himself near the front door of the church and threatened to kill himself, reports said.READ MORE: President Trump To Headline CPAC Weekend In Orlando
SWAT members were at the scene negotiating with the man, who was finally arrested more than four hours later. Detectives are continuing to investigate to determine what charges he will face.MORE NEWS: City Where Trayvon Martin Died Seeks Racial Injustice Reform
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