FORT WALTON BEACH— A man armed with a knife who threatened to stab an apartment complex repairman Thursday was taken into custody following a two-hour stand-off with Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
William Watson, 37, 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 weapon, according to an OCSO press release.
Deputies were called to Crosslake Cove Apartments off Lewis Drive near Fort Walton Beach around 11:15 Thursday 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 and Crisis Negotiations Unit responded in an attempt to persuade Watson to come out of his apartment peacefully, the release said.
Ultimately, the SRT deployed tear gas and took Watson into custody without further incident.
Additional charges are pending.
William Watson - charged with agg. assault after arming himself with a knife & threatening to stab an apartment complex repairman in the neck near FWB. Watson was taken into custody following a 2 hour stand-off at his residence with OCSO deputies & the Special Response Team. pic.twitter.com/VHesaTIYRG— OkaloosaSheriff (@OCSOALERTS) June 18, 2020