***UPDATE TO THE STAND-OFF IN LAKELAND, POLK COUNTY***
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office continues to communicate with 39-year-old Gary Cauley, who has so far refused to surrender to deputies, or let his six-year-old daughter Rylan come out of the house on Dartmouth Road, Lakeland.
A disturbance at the home began today (July 7, 2018) at around 4:00 a.m. Gary showed up at the home which belongs to his 36-year-old estranged wife, Amie Cauley. The two argued throughout the morning.
At about 1:10 p.m., Gary discovered that Amie had been planning to go to the beach with a man he does not like. He armed himself with a handgun, threatened to kill himself, and refused to let his daughter go with Amie. Amie contacted the Sheriff’s Office, and when she heard deputies arrive on scene, she ran out to meet them.
From that point on, only Gary and Rylan remained in the house, and deputies have been in contact with Gary. He has made no threats to harm Rylan, and made no additional threats to kill himself.
“We’re going to do everything in our power to resolve this peacefully and keep this six-year-old safe. We are getting zero indication from Gary that he is threatening any violence toward her.” – Grady Judd, Sheriff.
Crisis Negotiators will continue communicating with Gary,