Thonotosassa Man Arrested After Standoff With SWAT

Thonotosassa Man Barricades Himself In Mobile Home

Early Thursday morning a man barricaded himself inside his mobile home following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. He is now arrested following a standoff with SWAT.

Police say Brian Casey Johnson, 37, was inside his mobile home near Morris Bridge Road and Citrus Knoll Circle with the woman and her two young children.

Following the domestic dispute the woman called 911 and told officials she had been hit by her boyfriend. Johnson ended up letting the woman leave the mobile home, but he did not let her take her children with her.

Brian Casey Johnson. Photo: abc action news.

When she reportedly tried to escape she got into her car, but he threw metal tools at her car and broke out the back window of the vehicle.

SWAT arrived to the scene at about 1:20 a.m. Thursday and immediately started negotiations with Johnson. During negotiations the 10-year-old child was released from the home, but he refused to release the 3-year-old child.

Johnson also reportedly told deputies that he had a 10 gauge shotgun and a machete and was going to kill at least the first two deputies that try to come through the door of his mobile home.

In the end SWAT members did get into the mobile home. When they entered they found Johnson asleep on the couch with the 3-year-old and he had barricaded himself in the room with an entertainment center and had a couch blocking the front door.

SWAT members arrested Johnson once they got into the barricaded mobile home.

Johnson is now facing five charges due to this incident. He has been charged with battery by strangulation, throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle, criminal mischief, child abuse for putting a child’s life in danger and depriving a victim of a means of calling 911.

The woman and her two young children are both safe.