Titusville standoff ends peacefully - FOX 35 News Orlando

Titusville standoff ends peacefully

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As if they were re-living a bad nightmare, residents on Smith Drive in Titusville woke up to armed law enforcement crawling all over their neighborhood.

It was just three months ago that Bruce Blake was allegedly shot eleven times by his neighbor, Bill Woodward.  He survived, but another resident, 49-year-old Gary Lee Hembree, did not.

Brevard County's SWAT team, along with Titusville police officers, were back in the area on Friday morning and caught in a standoff with someone over an eviction at a home just several houses away.

"I told them I was denied my due process rights. I didn't threaten anybody. I never threaten anybody," said Glenn Hurley.

Hurley says he was served a final eviction notice by the sheriff's office over an unpaid $4,000 tax bill.  Court records indicated that his home was sold in a tax auction as a result, but Hurley refused to go.

"At this point, I'm living off what little savings I have left, and it's at the point now where I don't think I should have to give it to somebody, to give it to somebody who doesn't want to work, or whatever reason," Hurley said.

Police said Hurley made threats, so SWAT was called out to assist.  The standoff ended peacefully as officers decided to back down and let Hurley have another day in court.

Although there was a peaceful resolution, Blake has seen enough.

"As soon as I can, I'm getting out of here! I'll go live in a tree house or something. Beats the hell out of living on this block."

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