Clearwater, FLa.-(970 WFLA)-The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office S.W.A.T. Team ends a standoff with an armed man without shots being fired.
Deputies say the trouble started when 23 year-old David Shaffer burglarized a Yellow Cab parked at the Mini Storage at 28420 U.S. 19. The cab driver noticed Shaffer taking a backpack and other property out of his cab.
When the cabbie tried to stop Shaffer, the man threatened to shoot him with a gun in the stolen backpack. But, the cab driver followed Shaffer to the America's Best Value Inn just down the road.
Deputies showed up at the motel and made contact with Shaffer after getting a call from the driver. Shaffer told the deputies he was armed and would not give up. Shaffer also had his girlfriend, 22 year-old Kristi Orestas, in the room.
Sheriff's negotiators talked with Shaffer for over two hours and finally got him to surrender without incident. Shaffer is charged with one count of armed burglary. No charges have been filed against the girlfriend.