Man arrested after two-hour standoff with FCSO charged with four felonies, two misdemeanors

Michael Wells, 57, has been charged with false imprisonment, resisting arrest with violence, aggravated assault on an officer and three different domestic-related charges.

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  • | 2:09 p.m. September 21, 2023
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Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 57-year-old man after a two-hour standoff on Brunswick Lane on Monday, Sept. 18.

Suspect Michael Wells has been charged with four felonies — domestic strangulation, false imprisonment, resisting arrest with violence and aggravated assault on an officer — and two misdemeanors, domestic battery and domestic assault. 

Deputies were called to the scene when a resident in Wells' home called 911, according to a press release from FCSO.

The family member told deputies that Wells hit her and choked her, but she managed to escape the home and call for help. She told deputies there was at least one firearm inside the home and that Wells was intoxicated, according to Wells' arrest report.

When FCSO deputies arrived, Wells told them he "wouldn't go down without a fight," the press release said. It took the Crisis Negotiations Team 1.5 hours to convince Wells to leave the home. 

He surrendered one firearm to deputies but later came outside with a second one — brandishing the weapon and yelling — but did not point it at the deputies, according to the press release. It took another 30 minutes for Wells to surrender to the FCSO.


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