GPD arrests attempted homicide suspect

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Gainesville Police officers arrested an alleged homicide suspect on Tuesday who barricaded himself in a house a day after stabbing a person near a Circle K.

According to a Gainesville Police Department (GPD) release, officers apprehended Torrance Terrell Lee, 38, for attempted homicide after he barricaded himself in a house on Tuesday.

The original incident occurred on Monday around 9:45 p.m. when officers were dispatched to Circle K at 3838 N. Main St. and located an adult victim lying on the ground who had been stabbed multiple times. As of Tuesday, the victim told officers he had been stabbed in the area around NE 12th Street and Highland Court.

Torrance Terrell Lee
Courtesy of Alachua County Jail Torrance Terrell Lee

A GPD K-9 officer and K-9 Stern were deployed to locate the possible crime scene and after the scene was secured, GPD detectives found that there was probable cause to arrest Lee.

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On Tuesday at 6 p.m., GPD officers responded to a house near 2900 NE 12th St. for a domestic disturbance call. The residents called 911 saying their son, Lee, was behaving in an erratic manner. The responding officers recognized Lee’s information regarding the previous night’s stabbing. Other officers responded to the house and Lee barricaded himself in a bedroom with what officers believed was a knife.

Law enforcement surrounded the house and the residents were evacuated. A negotiation response team attempted to communicate with Lee for several hours and, due to the attempted homicide charges, the GPD SWAT team was requested to the house.

Around 11:10 p.m., officers deployed gas into the house and the SWAT team took Lee into custody. He was transported to the hospital for gas exposure and then taken to the Alachua County Jail. He is being charged with one count of attempted homicide and one count of resisting officers without violence.

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