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Crestview man surrenders after 8-hour standoff with Okaloosa deputies

A man wanted on felony charges surrendered peacefully after an eight-hour standoff with law enforcement at his Crestview area home Wednesday. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at a residence on Barbarree […]

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A man wanted on felony charges surrendered peacefully after an eight-hour standoff with law enforcement at his Crestview area home Wednesday.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at a residence on Barbarree Drive around 6:40 a.m. to serve a felony warrant on Michael Pechacek, 49.

  • Pechacek was wanted for making written threats to kill or do bodily injury and use of a two-way communication device to commit a felony.

According to investigators, Pechacek had made numerous threats towards law enforcement and government officials since January. On June 22, an email was sent to the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis with the subject line “death to law enforcement and civilian populous imminent.” In the email, Pechacek claimed to have proof of government officials tampering with evidence in a child abuse case.

The situation on Thursday was complicated by the presence of children in the home. OCSO Crisis Unit Negotiators and other specialty units were deployed to the scene to convince Pechacek to exit the residence willingly.

  • After approximately eight hours of negotiations, Pechacek surrendered around 3:15 p.m.

Sheriff Eric Aden commended the OCSO’s Crisis Negotiators and other units on scene for their efforts in resolving the situation peacefully.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office expressed gratitude to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Crestview Police Department, and Fort Walton Beach Police Department for their assistance during the incident.

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