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VIDEO: Man surrenders after hours-long hostage situation on Southside Blvd. in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — UPDATE 1/7/2022: Action News Jax has obtained security video that shows the moment when Gabriel Enrique Campla surrendered after a standoff at a business on Southside Boulevard on Jan. 6.

Campla was charged with 3 counts of discharging a weapon, 4 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, and 4 counts of false imprisonment. He was also charged with a dangerous act evincing a depraved mind.

UPDATE 1/6/2022 3:50 p.m.: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has identified Gabriel Enrique Campla as the subject in a SWAT standoff in the 4100 block of Southside Boulevard on Thursday.

In a media briefing, Chief T.K. Waters stated that around 11:25 a.m., Campla walked into a business in the area with a handgun and demanded occupants to leave and call the police.

Campla fired one shot outside the window of the business and two shots at the ceiling.

There were four employees inside the business and all but one left. The female employee that stayed behind helped to calm down Campla, who was acting erratically, before she exited the business on her own.

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Hours later, officers convinced Campla to leave the business with the help of negotiators from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Campla was taken into custody by a JSO K9 handler and his K9. He was then transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

The incident ended without any injury to officers or citizens around 3:25 p.m. JSO says the SWAT team was deployed to keep citizens safe.

Campla has been suspected of a robbery in the past, but he was not prosecuted, according to JSO.

The incident is still in the early stages of investigation. JSO did not provide any further details.

This is a developing story that will be updated once more information becomes available.


A person is in police custody after a SWAT response to a hostage situation on Jacksonville’s Southside.

Action News Jax first told you earlier this afternoon about several officers and SWAT units with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigating near a strip mall on Southside Boulevard between Hogan Road and Touchton Road.

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Our crew in the area captured a photo that appears to show a sniper in position on the ground.

The investigation is focused on a spa and massage business in the strip mall.

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Action News Jax contacted a nearby business and they were told by police to keep their doors locked during the situation.

Drivers should expect traffic delays in the area because of the police presence, but JSO said there is no immediate danger to the public.

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Action News Jax will have a live report NEXT at 4 p.m. on FOX30.