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3-Hour Standoff Ends Peacefully With Arrest of Man Previously on America’s Most Wanted

| January 26, 2019

Some 20 Flagler County Sheriff's units  have surrounded a suspect in a stolen vehicle in Palm Coast's B Section in a standoff that began in late afternoon. The suspect is in the vehicle to the right. The vehicle has been idling throughout. Sheriff Rick Staly, to the left, is at the scene with much of his command staff. (FCSO)

Some 20 Flagler County Sheriff’s units have surrounded a suspect in a stolen vehicle in Palm Coast’s B Section in a standoff that began in late afternoon. The suspect is in the vehicle to the right. The vehicle has been idling throughout. Sheriff Rick Staly, to the left, is at the scene with much of his command staff. (FCSO)

See the lead-up to the stand-off: “Spiraling Down For a While: The Violent Story Before the Stand-Off With Fugitive Michael E. Moore.

Last Updated: 8:48 p.m.

The suspect at the center of a standoff with three dozen Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies in Palm Coast’s B Section this evening surrendered peacefully after three and a half hours.


He turned out to be Michael Eugene Moore, a man who was on “America’s Most Wanted” television show in 1996 after stabbing his wife 33 times and escaping with his 5-year-old daughter. His wife survived.

Moore was pulled over in the B Section after Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies detected through license plate readers that he was driving a stolen car out of Virginia (where the 1996 incident had taken place). He refused to come out of his car as he sat by the side of the road on Beaverdam Lane–and Facebooked live twice with his wife or girlfriend as he could hear deputies yelling out to him to surrender.

“Oh my God, they’re going to kill me,” Moore Facebooked to a woman who appears to be his current or ex wife. “Amanda. I’m sorry honey. I love you, please help me. I’m in Florida. The cops have got me. They pulled me over. I was never going to hurt you baby. There’s like, 20 cops. Honey, I love you. Honey help me. Oh God, they’ve got guns pointed at me. I love you baby. Please don’t let me die in prison or jail. Please. Oh my God. Help me. This is not fair.”

“Too late bro! You were warned,” the woman writes to him in a comment beneath the video. “Stop being ridiculous!!! This has happened before!!!”

Detectives locally were able to see him Facebooking as they pieced together his identity from different leads even as the negotiating team kept speaking with him–and he kept texting and communicating with his wife or girlfriend. (See several clips below.)

A story on the front page of the April 9, 1996 edition of the Englewood Sun Herald about Michel Eugene Moore. Click on the image for larger view.

In the end, he agreed to surrender peacefully. There were weapons in the car. But he came out holding just his phone, which he may or may not have been using to film the scene as he surrendered.

“He ran hot and cold with our negotiators, but he agreed to come out,” Sheriff Rick Staly said at the scene. “I think he was getting hungry and he had to go to the bathroom, was some of the indicators. There were weapons in the car, and we had told him to not come out holding anything, and fortunately he complied with that.”

Moore has a current assault and battery warrant from Virginia, and will be facing at least a resisting arrest and a felony grand theft charge in Flagler County. He will be interviewed at the Flagler Beach police station by Flagler detectives, because they don’t currently have accessible interview rooms of their own since the Sheriff’s Operations Center has been evacuated.

“This is why we have the equipment that we have and why we have training and why we practice all the time and it paid off,” Staly said. “We were prepared with both less lethal weapons, gas and deadly force if we needed to use it. What I had directed our team was that if he comes out and starts running to a residential home, he was not going to make it, and we had to use everything we had to stop him, and hopefully that would have been the dog or one of our more less lethal munitions.”

Michael Eugene Moore in a still from his Facebook Live clip during the standoff.

Michael Eugene Moore in a still from his Facebook Live clip during the standoff.

The sheriff credited the 36 deputies who were involved in the stand-off, and the license-plate reading technology he had highlighted in a release just this week. “This shows well this technology is working to help us protect the community, because what was he doing in Palm Coast? Was he going to try to rob someone? Was he going to hurt someone? We’ll never know what we prevented,” Staly said.

In another earlier Facebook Live clip, Moore records himself conversing with the deputies outside: “The minute I step out, you’re going to fire,” he tells them through his window. The negotiator tells him he won’t be fired at. Moore doesn’t believe him, tells him he’s watched TV and knows the score.

“This is Mom I want you to give yourself up now please listen to your mom,” someone writing under the same woman’s name comments to him under that video. “Michael until you answer the police do you understand we will not answer you until you talk to the police talk to the police and Amanda will call you I promise you,” someone else writing under the woman’s name writes him.

“They said they gave me their word they’re not going to shoot me,” he says in another video. He calls himself “just a sad husband right now, lost my wife and baby and kids, period.” He alludes to making threats against his wife after she slept with a television reporter. He speaks of not having his medication, but also of not being psychotic.

Watch Michael E. Moore’s Facebook Live clips:

[The earlier story is below.]

Some 20 units of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, including the SWAT team, a negotiations team and assistance from Flagler County Fire Flight overhead, have been in a standoff with a suspected armed robber on Palm Coast’s Beaverdam Lane since just before 4 p.m. The suspect is refusing to come out of his vehicle, and has been idling on the side of the road for more than two hours.


At least five homes have been evacuated in the neighborhood, with roads closed and deputies guarding various streets, their AR-15’s drawn. Weapons are drawn at the scene itself, where the suspect is surrounded, with no avenue of escape.

“We want him to surrender peacefully, but if he comes out of the car and tries to enter a residence, we’re going to stop him,” Sheriff Rick Staly, who is at the scene, said, whether by use of a k-9 or through more lethal means. “We’re praying for the best resolution that he surrenders, but I’m not going to have one of my deputies hurt and I’m not going to have a resident hurt, and we’re going to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Sheriff’s deputies detected that the man was driving a stolen vehicle through their use of license-plate readers, when the man drove past on Palm Coast Parkway near Belle Terre Parkway at around 3:45 p.m. Deputies got notice that the vehicle was stolen in Virginia during an armed robbery. The suspect was pursued and a traffic stop executed. He eventually complied by pulling over, but refused to comply further.

Based on the sheriff’s office preliminary investigation, Staly said the man is believed to have carried out the robbery in Virginia, zip-tying his victim, a woman, at gunpoint, after going into a business. It is not clear whether the suspect is armed.

Staly is at the scene with much of his command staff, with Chief Paul Bovino–who was scheduled to start his vacation today–as the incident commander. The Home and Lifestyle Show at Flagler Palm Coast High School was just ending its first day, enabling the sheriff’s office to pull a large contingent of deputies from that assignment and redirect them to the B Section.

But Staly said for the duration of the emergency on Beaverdam Lane, emergency calls to 911 will be triaged, with responses dispatched only to the most serious calls. He is asking residents to be patient.

He is also asking residents not to drive out to the area of the B Section in question to gawk, while residents of that neighborhood are asked to stay indoors.

Officials were expecting a long standoff: at 6:27 p.m., the sheriff’s mobile command center wheeled into the neighborhood.

There has been contact between negotiators and the suspect, on and off, the sheriff said, but it isn’t clear why the man is refusing to surrender or whether he is making any demands.

Deputies are within 400 feet of the suspect. Fire Flight has been circling overhead almost since the beginning of the stand-off. Volusia County’s Air One helicopter is on standby for a medical emergency (since Fire Flight took off to conduct a law enforcement assist, not with a paramedic aboard). Flagler County Fire Rescue and the Palm Coast Fire Department are also at the scene.

 

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21 Responses for “3-Hour Standoff Ends Peacefully With Arrest of Man Previously on America’s Most Wanted”

  1. worried grandma says:

    give him 5 minutes…more than enough time. Stop wasting time, money and everyone’s safety.

  2. Michael Van Buren says:

    Thanks for keeping us informed FlaglerLive.

  3. kat says:

    WELL DONE Folks!!!

  4. Charles (bub) Robson says:

    Job well done FCSO. This is just “Good Old fashioned Police Work”

  5. Michael Van Buren says:

    Great job FCSO!

  6. really says:

    when we moved here from jacksonville i honestly thought palm coast was going to be safer

  7. gmath55 says:

    Book’em Danno!

  8. cybercrimes says:

    Unfortunately that is not how the law or this situation works. Due to the other person in the car, it becomes a hostage situation, and there is a procedure that begins.

  9. hawkeye says:

    once again, a lot of restraint on the part of the FCSO, congrats to them for catching this scumbag, hopefully our demented court system doesnt let him right back out.

  10. Donnie riddle says:

    Thank you FCSO and Flagler Live !

  11. The original woody says:

    Who the hell is going to date this guy after stabbing his wife 33 times?I agree with worried grandma 5 minutes no hostages tear gas him out.Great job FCSO.

  12. TheTruth says:

    FCSO your the best.

  13. mark101 says:

    The courts will lock him up for a few years and he will get out on good behavior.

  14. Stretchem says:

    Interesting times we’re living in where the cops and robbers all try to one-up each other on social media.

  15. Tom Gaffey says:

    All law enforcement personnel got home safe and a POS in custody, no civilians hurt. Fine job FCSO!

  16. Right says:

    —–“What I had directed our team was that if he comes out and starts running to a residential home, he was not going to make it, and we had to use everything we had to stop him, and hopefully that would have been the dog or one of our more less lethal munitions.”—–

    This reads like the Sheriff had little confidence if he felt he needed to give direction (the grandstanding is getting old). The “team” knew what to do without having to be directed by you sir. It’s what they train for right? The SWAT team was out there as well as Negotiators but they needed direction? LOL.
    The suspect was a wanted felon for a heinous crime who was possibly armed. If he got out and started running of course he was going to be stopped one way or another. All the credit goes to the deputies. They didn’t need to be directed to do the obvious. Thank you deputies from patrol to specialized units for your bravery in dealing with this armed individual and for bringing this incident to a safe and peaceful conclusion.

    -An informed resident

  17. Rob jenkins says:

    I just move here 4 months ago ftom orlado to escape crime. Holy crap! Palm coast has more crime than Orlando!

  18. Concerned Citizen says:

    I see our grand standing media hungry Sheriff is at it again.

    Sheriff Stayly. How is it you only show up at high profile incidents and then take over? Are you really that concerned about the competency of your Commanders and Deputies?

    If that’s truly the case you need to reconsider who you have in charge. If it’s grabbing media attention you need to consider that you are a distraction to the incident in progress.

    The comments you made in regards to he’s not going to make it were unprofessional. It shows that you are trigger happy and are looking to use deadly force. We’ve heard you refer to the citizens of this county as dirt bags and scum bags so we know you have little regard.

    As a former LEO I would like to say Kudos to all of the deputies on scene. You showed a lot of professionalism and restraint in a very tense situation. It was exercising these traits that brought the incident to a close. Not the Sheriff.

    It’s just ashame that you have a cowboy of a Sheriff who is out trying to make a name for himself. I think the voters are getting tired of it.

  19. gmath55 says:

    Number of crimes in Orlando 17,906 https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/fl/orlando/crime

    Number of crimes in Palm Coast 1,615 https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/fl/palm-coast/crime

    Yep! Palm Coast has more crime then Orlando. LOL

    You can’t even do simple math. If there are more residents then how would a city with less residents have more crime? Also Palm Coast Safer than 36% of U.S. Cities and Orlando Safer than 2% of U.S. Cities.

  20. gmath55 says:

    Number of crimes in Orlando 17,906 https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/fl/orlando/crime

    Number of crimes in Palm Coast 1,615 https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/fl/palm-coast/crime

    Yep! Palm Coast has more crime then Orlando. LOL

    You can’t even do simple math. If there were more residents then how would a city with fewer residents have more crime? Also Palm Coast Safer than 36% of U.S. Cities and Orlando Safer than 2% of U.S. Cities.

  21. atilla says:

    Rob, move back to Orlando before you become a victim in this crime city.

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