Man barricades himself inside Hillsborough home with child, weapons inside

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) — A man who barricaded himself in a Thonotosassa mobile home with a 3-year-old child inside, has been arrested.

The incident happened near the intersection of Morris Bridge Road and Citrus Knoll Circle in Hillsborough County around 1 a.m. Thursday morning. Deputies were called to the scene after a 911 call for a domestic violence situation.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the woman was battered by her boyfriend, 37-year-old Brian Johnson, and when she got in a car to attempt to escape, he threw a metal tool at her car.

The woman called the deputies and Johnson barricaded himself inside the residence with a 3-year-old and 10-year-old boy. Deputies started negotiations with the man and he released the 10-year-old, but kept the toddler hostage, and refused to come out of the home.

It was several hours of negotiations with the suspect before deputies were able to go inside and get them out.

Colonel Chad Chronister said, “A very, very tense situation, as you can imagine. [The suspect] said he had a ten-gauge shot-gun and a machete, and said he would kill at least the first two deputies in the door.”

Chronister says several obstacles — such as a couch blocking the front door, and furniture in the hallway — created obstacles to go in and retrieve the child safely and take the suspect into custody.

HCSO and Swat Team responded to the scene. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Johnson is charged with battery by strangulation, throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle, criminal mischief, child abuse, and depriving a victim of a means of calling 911. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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