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Many shots fired Tuesday afternoon

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A 49-year-old man who barricaded himself inside a northern Florida apartment building Tuesday and engaged in a lengthy standoff with police has been found dead, local officials confirmed.

Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said at a news conference Tuesday that that the shooter, identified as Kevin Robert Holroyd, was found dead inside his Panama City apartment. It was not immediately clear how Holroyd died.

Ford said police officers used an armored vehicle to break into the apartment and a robot then searched the residence, confirming the man in Tuesday’s standoff was dead.

He Holroyd had “booby trapped” the apartment and doused it with gasoline.

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Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said that after sporadic bursts of heavy gunfire had pinned several officers down, the vehicle was eventually used to reach the location and a robot searched the residence, confirming the man was dead.

The standoff saw police exchanging gunfire with an assailant shooting from an elevated position with a rifle, Ford said. Several law enforcement agents had surrounded the apartment building and one bystander was hurt, he said. But he added no law enforcement agents were shot or wounded.

“We were just blessed that we didn’t lose multiple officers and citizens today,” Ford said at a news conference disclosing the end of the standoff.

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