BARRICADED AGGRAVATED ASSAULT SUSPECT TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOLLOWING STAND-OFFMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jun 19 2020 7:22 AM
A man armed with a knife who threatened to stab an apartment complex repairman today
was taken into custody following a two hour stand-off with deputies from the Okaloosa
County Sheriff’s Office.
37-year old William Watson, who had been released from jail earlier this month in
connection with a battery charge, is now under arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly
Deputies were called to Crosslake Cove Apartments off Lewis Drive near Fort Walton
Beach around 11:15 this morning in response to an armed disturbance.
The victim called 9-1-1 after he says Watson threatened to stab him in the neck while
holding a steak knife.
When deputies made contact with Watson, he refused to leave his apartment and stated
he would stab anyone who knocked on his door.
The OCSO Special Response Team (SRT) and Crisis Negotiations Unit responded in an
attempt to persuade Watson to come out of his apartment peacefully.
Ultimately the SRT deployed tear gas and quickly took Watson into custody without
Additional charges are pending.