by Naja and Arnaud Girard…….
Key West police shut down the 800 block of Duval Street at about 7 p.m. last night amid reports of a “possibly armed person” having barricaded themselves inside a bed and breakfast. According to police spokesperson, Alyson Crean, the man claimed he had taken a hostage.
Police Chief Donie Lee directed the operation from KWPD’s Mobile Command Post stationed on Olivia Street.
Key West officers, State Troopers, Border Patrol, FWC, and Key West firefighters had the hotel surrounded. The police Special Response Team [SWAT team] was on scene along with a police negotiator.
Update: The Keynoter reports that at approximately 2:00 am officers entered the B&B and found no suspicious persons inside.
Look for more updates tomorrow.