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10 Hour Standoff Successfully Resolved in Riverview

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 24-111



10 Hour Standoff Successfully Resolved in Riverview

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has successfully resolved a 10-hour standoff in Riverview.

On Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 9:26 p.m., HCSO's Communication Center received a domestic disturbance-related call at the Allegro Palm apartment complex in Riverview.

Once deputies arrived on the scene, they made contact with a family member who explained that the suspect, Najah Strickland, 29, had barricaded himself in an apartment where he was holding his mother, Chaketa Mister, 47, hostage with a firearm.

Deputies attempted to contact Strickland multiple times but were unable to do so. HCSO's SWAT Team, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, and Crisis Negotiation Team were called to assist. Once on scene, they attempted to make contact with Strickland through the front door, at which point he fired several shots at our deputies.

A short time later, our SWAT Team was able to locate Chaketa Mister in the main bedroom and safely remove her from the apartment through the third-floor bedroom window.

"Our deputies quick thinking and bravery allowed them to rescue an innocent victim from a third-story window," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "If our team had not acted swiftly and decisively, this situation could have ended in tragedy."

Deputies made several more attempts to make contact with the suspect, including sending in robots to assess the situation inside the apartment and deploying CS gas in an effort to get the suspect to surrender.

After 10 hours of attempting to get the suspect to come out peacefully, deputies located and apprehended the suspect.

"I am so proud of the dedication and commitment our team shows at every scene, especially after hours of diligent work and attempts to get this suspect to surrender peacefully," said Sheriff Chronister. "Our deputy's calm demeanor and decisive actions ensured the safety of everyone involved."

Strickland is facing charges of:

- 2 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon 

- 1 count of False Imprisonment 

- 6 counts of First Degree Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer 

More charges may be forthcoming.

The Public Affairs Office will release all further information related to this case.