Altamonte Springs man forces way into neighbor’s home, shoots at police after armed standoff

An Altamonte Springs man who forced his way into his neighbor’s home with a gun, was arrested after a two-hour standoff with police ended with a gunfire fight.

Altamonte Springs Police Department officers responded to calls regarding a possible armed home invasion in the 500 block of Northbridge Drive on Friday, November 18 at around 5:50 a.m.

According to authorities, 44-year-old Nicholas Lynn forced entry into his neighbor’s condominium while he was armed with a gun. Lynn returned to his own home after the incident.

Officers contacted Lynn at his home and he would not leave the residence. He told authorities that he was holding a hostage, despite being in his home alone.

A crisis negotiator spoke with Lynn for two hours until he eventually came outside armed with a handgun. Lynn refused officers’ commands to drop the weapon and began to run from them. While he was running, he fired multiple rounds.

An ASPD officer returned fire, but neither the officer, nor Lynn were struck by bullets.

Lynn was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, armed trespassing, and resisting and officer with violence.

Lynn is currently being held at the Seminole County Jail.

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