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Spring Hill Man Faces Murder Charge after 3-hour Standoff

SPRING HILL – Around 4:00 p.m. yesterday, deputies with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office attempted to execute an arrest warrant at 8051 Canterbury Street. Inside the residence, a woman, child, and murder suspect 29-year-old Jimmy Veloso Nguyen, aka Jordan Ortiz. When deputies tried to make contact with Nguyen, he barricaded himself inside the home, but allowed the woman and child to leave. CLICK HERE for video from the scene.

Around 4:00 p.m., numerous deputies began arriving on scene and surrounded the residence. Evacuations began with neighboring residents and nearby schools were placed on lockdown.

After preliminary negotiations failed, deputies cleared a several-block perimeter, and called in S.W.A.T to extract Nguyen from the home. Minutes after deputies began making loudspeaker announcements, Nguyen surrendered and was taken into custody.

Nguyen is charged with Homicide During the Commission of Other Felony, and 2-counts of Aggravated Battery. Nguyen remains behind bars on a $50,000 bond.

Coincidentally, one day prior to Nguyen's arrest, HCSO shared a notice on the agency's Facebook page, asking for assistance in the 2018 homicide of Alek Smith. According to our sources, Nguyen's arrest is unrelated, but that has not been confirmed.

According to court records, Nguyen has several drug, theft, and burglary convictions, dating back to 2011, but nothing of a violent nature.

One question many residents have regarding yesterday's standoff is, "why so many deputies for one man?" There were so many patrol cars on scene that, according to sources, the Florida Highway Patrol was asked to handle general calls to service. Another reason for the voluminous number of patrol cars is that S.W.A.T members are single unit deputies, so when they are called to a scene, every deputy responds in their patrol car.

Public Information Officers (PIOs) with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office often post updates on major cases at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, so that media outlets cannot contact them for comment. HCSO's policy is that contact with a PIO after hours is for "breaking news" only.

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