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Suspect eludes SWAT team at standoff

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Updated: 2/05 8:31 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office received a call about shots fired at 3:50 a.m. Wednesday. That call turned into a SWAT standoff for nearly seven hours.

SWAT officers fired into a house on Maynard Avenue hoping to get 22-year-old Alrah Bynum to come out. JSO said they cleared the scene after discovering no one was there.

"They were able to determine that he was no longer in the residence or was not in the residence. We are currently looking for him in addition to whatever charges he may face from this incident," said JSO Public Information Officer Hartley.

At first JSO was concerned about the man's girlfriend being in danger, but later said she’s OK. Families nearby were evacuated from their homes around 5:30 a.m. Neighbor Jessica Golden says she's frustrated that police didn’t get their man.

"In a way it’s kind of scary, you know. not knowing what’s going on, who's at large and the situation," said Golden.

Police are actively looking for Bynum. He has multiple warrants from an unrelated case ranging from aggravated battery to throwing a deadly missile. Action News asked JSO why a second suspect has been able to elude them twice this week.

"I don't know. Most of the time, you know, once we get the perimeter set up, he’s not going to break that perimeter. It’s a good indication that he possibly got out before, but I just don’t know," said Hartley.

If you have any information on Alrah Bynum, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers.
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