Melbourne Man Escapes During Standoff With Police

Melbourne man flees home during standoff.
Melbourne man flees home during standoff. (Photo: Melbourne Police Department)

MELBOURNE, Florida – The Melbourne Police Department is searching for Michael B. Dudley-Palmer, 25, after he apparently escaped before a tactical team could get inside his home during a standoff.

“Somehow he managed to slip out. We thought he was barricaded inside,” said Lt. Cheryl Trainer of the Melbourne Police Department late Monday. “We have charges on him.”

At 6:20 a.m. Monday, police were called to investigate reports of a domestic disturbance on Pineapple Avenue. Police found a woman outside who told them she was in an argument with Dudley-Palmer and it escalated into violence.

The woman said that Dudley-Palmer threatened her with a knife and kept her away from a phone. She ran from the home and used a neighbor’s phone to call the police.

Melbourne police surrounded the home and tried to speak with Dudley-Palmer, but he refused to leave. Soon after, Melbourne’s SWAT team arrived and set up a perimeter around the house while closing Pineapple Avenue, which was blocked from Cliff Creek and Riverdale drives.

Several hours later, at approximately 1:00 p.m., the SWAT team dropped gas canisters inside the home to force Dudley-Palmer out of the home, but officers discovered the home was empty.

“It is believed that the suspect was able to flee the residence prior to additional officer response. There were no other occupants in the residence during the incident. The Melbourne Police Department is appreciative of the community cooperation and patience during this lengthy situation.”

If you have any information about this incident of Dudley-Palmer, call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

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Andy Hodges began his career in the field of radio and TV broadcasting where he worked for about a decade. The Jupiter, Florida resident then pursued computers as they were coming to market in the late 1980’s. Andy has owned a computer business, been a software programmer, and has worked as a Senior Systems Analyst/Engineer in the Information Technology sector in Atlanta. He eventually returned to the area in 2002. Andy is also the Editor-in-Chief for Sebastian Daily.