ECSO: Man involved in SWAT standoff was squatting in West Avery Street home


SWAT Standoff

The man arrested after a standoff with Escambia County SWAT officers Wednesday was staying without permission in the home in which he barricaded himself, according to authorities.

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the home in the 3900 block of West Avery Street at about 2 p.m. Wednesday and found Dale Allen Brown, 59, had put a chain on the fence.

The homeowner, Jonathan Brown, told deputies he did not give Dale Brown permission to stay at the home and there was never a lease or agreement of any kind, but Dale Brown had been staying at the home anyway.

An ECSO spokeswoman said she did not know whether the two men were related or the nature of their relationship.

When Jonathan Brown tried to cut off the chain, Dale Brown allegedly opened the front door and said, “If you mess with that fence, I will shoot you,” and he had what looked like a firearm in his right hand, according to the arrest report.

He then retreated and barricaded himself inside the house. Dale Brown had previously been warned about trespassing at the same house twice, according to records cited in his arrest report.   

Deputies tried to get through the home’s back door, at which point Dale Brown allegedly said he had a shotgun and shot a round in the direction of a deputy. The round hit the ground and two pebbles hit the deputy’s eyelid and the right side of his face.

The SWAT team was notified and arrived on scene. The officers spent more than two hours negotiating with Brown from outside the house, attempting to get him to come out of the home.

Around 4:30 p.m., the SWAT team used tear gas and entered the home. They took Brown into custody soon after.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, armed burglary and trespassing.

Emma Kennedy can be reached at or 850-435-8680.


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