Pomona Park man arrested after standoff with police

A Pomona Park man was arrested Monday following a nearly five-hour standoff with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said.

At about 9:30 a.m., deputies responded to a call about gunshots being fired from 123 McClain Blvd. in Pomona Park, with a woman and child inside the residence. The two victims fled and called 911 from a neighbor’s house, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

After failing to contact the suspect — later identified as Dean Barger, 47 — the sheriff’s office deployed a SWAT team to the area “because Barger was believed to be armed with a gun,” the statement added.

It’s unclear what prompted the suspect to fire his weapon, and the sheriff’s office declined to provide more details, citing an active investigation.

Barger eventually surrendered at about 2:20 p.m. after he made contact with deputies and left the residence on his own, authorities said. 

No injuries were reported, and Barger was charged with two counts of aggravated assault. 

The suspect hasn’t been booked at Putnam County Jail previously, according to jail records. And sheriff’s office spokeswoman Allison Waters-Merritt said she has no knowledge of Barger having previous contact with law enforcement.

Three dogs were removed from the property by Putnam County Animal Control, two of whom were “deemed aggressive toward deputies,” Waters-Merritt said. A fourth dog, she added, had initially refused to be taken in by authorities and is still on the property as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Barger is currently being held without bond at Putnam County Jail.

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