A man is in custody after allegedly shooting at rangers at Florida’s Everglades National Park.
Active shooter incident happening at Everglades NP. Main park road (SR 9336) closed for public safety. Visitors/residents in Flamingo should shelter in place. Suspect is a 33 y.o. white male. Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are coordinating the response.
— Everglades National Park (@EvergladesNPS) March 29, 2021
Park officials say the 33-year-old man fired, unprovoked, while rangers were investigating a report of domestic violence yesterday.
According to a news release from the National Park Service, the man was suspected of a domestic violence incident earlier in the day but was gone when rangers arrived. They later found his vehicle abandoned on the main park road and had reason to believe he was armed and had fled into the woods.
The National Park Service said the suspect fired shots at the rangers along the main park road, about 20 miles from the Homestead entrance, about 6:45 p.m.
Residents of Flamingo were told to shelter in place during the search for the suspect who was captured about an hour later. No one was hurt.