Gibsonton, Florida - Officials with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have confirmed that the bodies found inside a home after a SWAT standoff are those of a DeLand man wanted in connection to a murder and his girlfriend.
Authorities say 29-year-old James Seagraves was found dead inside a home along the 9000 block of Symmes Road along with his girlfriend, Kayla Nemoto. This comes after a five-hour standoff at Seagraves' father's trailer.
Seagraves was wanted in connection with the shooting and killing of a DeLand restaurant manager back on March 31.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, it all started around 12:30 Thursday afternoon, when deputies were trying to serve a warrant at the house.
Authorities said Seagraves and Nemoto barricaded themselves inside and refused to come out. Deputies said they spent hours negotiating with the two.
"He was very antagonistic towards the deputies and we had the anticipation that we were going to have a confrontation with him," said Sheriff David Gee.
According to deputies, at about 3 o'clock they lost communication with Seagraves and Nemoto. After failed attempts, the SWAT team used flash bangs as a diversion and then tear gas.
Deputies ended up using a SWAT tank to ram the door in and once inside, authorities said they found both Seagraves and Nemoto dead inside a bathroom.
One neighbor who lives right next door said he, his daughter, and grandson were told to leave during the standoff. He's shocked it happened practically right in his own yard.
"It's a shame. It really is a shame. I can't believe this took place. Period," said Tim Chrissinger.
Authorities are not saying right now exactly how this couple died. Sheriff Gee said deputies did not use guns at any point during this standoff.
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