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Man taken into custody after Riverside SWAT standoff

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Updated: 11/22/2013 11:40 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police say officers have a man in custody, ending a standoff in Riverside.

Joshua D. Boatman, 35, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The incident started around 2:15 p.m. Friday when Boatman's family members called police. They said they were concerned about statements and threats he made to others.  Police say he made suicidal and homicidal threats to his wife. He was found at a residence in the 2200 block of Park Street.  During the investigation, the SWAT team was called, a warrant was obtained, and the suspect was subsequently taken into custody by the SWAT team. 

Police arrived and forced patrons of nearby businesses to leave. Several streets were blocked off for about six hours."It's Friday and it's obviously hurting our business," said Mary Ellen Freda, owner of Cafe Freda, "but we understand. We have to keep our staff and customers safe."

Andy Zarka's full house at European Street café was evacuated so quickly, his staff didn't have time to clear the tables or grab their belongings.

"It must look like some aliens came in and abducted the entire restaurant."

Police say it was all necessary, because the man had a gun and was threatening himself and others.

"You don't know what those type of people are going to do, what mindset they're in," said JSO spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda. "These things take a lot of time sometimes to work out. We want it to be safe for everybody."

Officer eventually stormed the home, taken the man into custody without further incident.
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