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Former corrections officer arrested after standoff

7:22 PM, Jun 24, 2013   |    comments
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BAKER COUNTY, Fla. -- A former Florida corrections officer is in custody after an armed standoff with Baker County Sheriff's Office deputies ended peacefully Monday evening.

It is the second time in just over a month that Evan Michael Rhoden, 26, has had a run in with the law.

On May 19, Rhoden led BCSO on a high speed chase, with speeds in excess of 155 mph, and was charged with fleeing and eluding police and reckless driving, according to an arrest report. 

On Monday a BCSO special response team was dispatched to Rhoden's home were he was allegedly making threats towards family members and himself while wielding a firearm, according to Maj. Gerald Gonzalez. 

Family members were able to exit the home safely and notified BCSO that Rhoden was unstable.

Officers arrived and were able to make contact using a PA speaker. Rhoden eventually exited the home, threw a handgun on the ground, and surrendered to authorities.

Gonzalez said a number of guns were found inside the house including handguns, hunting rifles and assault rifles. 

The incident occurred near SR-228 and North Blvd in downtown Mcclenny. 

BCSO evacuated the surrounding neighborhood as a precaution. 

Rhoden is a former corrections officer with the Florida Department of Corrections, according to Gonzalez. 

Rhoden is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. 

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