Armed man barricades himself in house

HAWTHORNE — An eight-hour standoff between Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies and a North Carolina man ended peacefully Monday, but it opened questions as to his mental health during the encounter.

Matthew Perryman, 47, was taken into custody after barricading himself inside his mother and stepfather’s home, 188 Floradandy Road, and fired two gunshots.

No injuries were reported, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office, county emergency services and the Ocala Police Department responded to a 911 call at about 4:30 a.m. after Perryman, who lived in an adjacent property, was said to have threatened the homeowners with a gun. 

Perryman, who made the call, requested to speak with a specific deputy, authorities said. It’s unclear how he knew that deputy or why he asked for them.

Initial attempts to convince Perryman to leave the house were unsuccessful, authorities said, but he didn’t present an immediate threat to deputies on the scene. 

Col. Joe Wells said Perryman called the FBI during the standoff, telling them he was afraid of getting shot if he left the house.

Two shots were later fired from inside the house, with one bullet hitting a tree close to where deputies were stationed.

“I don’t know if he intended a shot at law enforcement, but it did hit in the vicinity of a deputy,” Wells said. “He later apologized for it.”

Perryman eventually surrendered after deputies fired two rounds of tear gas into the house. He was cleared by medical personnel on the scene but was later taken for a mental health evaluation.

As of press time Monday, Perryman hasn’t been charged with a crime, a decision the sheriff’s office said may change following his evaluation.

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