Lutz man arrested
A police standoff in the city last night ended peacefully after a Lutz man, who allegedly fired shots at his son, initially refused to exit his son’s home.
According to Zephyrhills Police, Allen Mendez, 49, of 4823 Tea Rose Ct., was arrested around midnight Saturday for aggravated assault and felon possession of a firearm following a standoff with Zephyrhills Police and members of the Pasco County SWAT.
Police said Mendez, a convicted felon, and his son got into an argument and the son fled out of the rear of his home at 5802 18th St. with a dog. Mendez reportedly fired two shots, one of which was at his son. The son told police his father was shooting at the dog, although he heard a shot whiz past his head.
Neighbors reported to dispatch that shots were fired in the area of 18th Street and 9th Avenue. ZPD officers searched for the origin of the gunshots where they made contact with the son in an alley behind the residence.
After repeated attempts by police to make contacts with Mendez inside the home, he refused to acknowledge them. At that time, the situation became an armed man who refused to respond to police. Zephyrhills Police reached out to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office SWAT unit to assist.
Officers from both agencies surrounded the house, neighbors were evacuated from their homes and a police shut down nearby intersections as they secured a perimeter around the residence.
The investigation of the incident is ongoing.