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Police: Woman who shot man, barricaded herself in home arrested

Prior to the woman locking herself inside of a home, a man was shot and transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
Credit: Sarasota Police Department
Peggy Hinkle

SARASOTA, Fla. — After a couple of hours of negotiating, a woman barricaded inside a Sarasota home surrendered to police and was taken to the Sarasota County Jail Wednesday evening.

The incident began when two men arrived at a home on Sylvan Drive to gather some belongings. Once inside the home, they were confronted by 53-year-old Peggy Hinkle attempting to shoot one of them with a handgun, according to police.

Investigators said she pulled the trigger, but the gun did not go off.

The men were reportedly able to wrestle the gun out of Hinkle's hands before running to their car.

Police said Hinkle shot at the car as the men drove away. She then got in her own car to follow them to a parking lot on 16th Street and North Tamiami Trail.

The two cars crashed in the parking lot as Hinkle fired shots, hitting one of the men in the head, according to the police department. Hinkle returned to her Sylvan Drive home as the men drove to the Sarasota Police Department. 

Sarasota's SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiation Unit, Emergency Response Team, Drone Unit, Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division all responded to the area. The woman was believed to have had weapons and made threats to harm herself and others, police said. 

In addition, a marine unit responded to the water behind the home and Air 1 from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office assisted. Members of the crisis unit were able to speak with the woman and convince her to surrender peacefully around 7:45 p.m.

Hinkle was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder. She is being held in the Sarasota County Jail without bond.

Once the men arrived at the police department, the injured man was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he is expected to be OK.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Steven Fergus at 941-263-6059 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online.

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