For Immediate Release
|September 17, 2011||
Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
|U.S. Marshals Task Force, Okaloosa SRT Capture Barricaded Fugitive|
Ft. Walton Beach, FL – The U.S.
Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force from Pensacola and The Okaloosa
County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) apprehended an Okaloosa man
after he barricaded himself inside of a 1 bedroom apartment. At about 2:30 p.m.
the Task Force surrounded a unit of the Royale Apartment complex on Colonial
Court, in Ft. Walton Beach. They quickly gained entry into the apartment once
they knew fugitive Ian Phillip Garroutte was there. Garroutte was believed to be
armed with a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Once inside the apartment
officers determined that the 21 year old Garroutte hid in the closet of a
bathroom. After Marshals and task force members from Okaloosa and Santa Rosa
Counties attempted to communicate with Garroutte and he wouldn’t answer, they
immediately requested the assistance from the Special Response Team. The whole
building was then evacuated out of concern for the safety of those living inside
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