Several trained deputies and police officers negotiated with Gazaway for hours through a speaker on a cell phone tossed to him, a bullhorn and Gazaway yelling to authorities.
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“We did not at times think we were going to get a good result …. we thought he wanted us to shoot him,” Jones said.
While the sheriff will not say if that was actually a plan, he did say, “He never gave us a chance. We could not move in, we could not do anything without jeopardizing the child.”
Negotiators did provide food and water to Gazaway and the boy, who were in a vehicle in the garage most of the time.
At times, they could hear the boy cry and saying, “Why are you doing this to me?”
Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer said the negotiation process was not good, due to the location and Gazaway’s refusal to actually use the cell phone officials provided.
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“At times, he said he was going to give up, then didn’t,” Dwyer said. “That happened several times. Then he would turn the radio on and sit there.”
Waiting out was what worked in the end, officials said.