Armed Spring Break Babe, Angry at Cheating Boyfriend, Has Two-Hour Standoff with Police in Daytona Beach
Apparently life really does imitate art. Just weeks before the release of Harmony Korine's beach-babes-with-handguns movie Spring Breakers hits theaters, a woman in Daytona Beach for spring break had a two-hour armed standoff with police inside her hotel room.
The problems started on Wednesday when Heather Beaver, who is 21, started yelling at her boyfriend at a biker bar after she discovered he had been cheating. The two got in a fight at the bar, but Beaver ultimately went back to her room at the Sun and Surf motel alone.
Beaver found her boyfriend's gun, and begin threatening suicide. Police responded to a call reporting the out-of-control woman. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports she was asking to see her already deceased mother one more time before she killed herself.
Beaver, a Georgia resident, then shot out off at least 18 round in the motel room. Police say some of those rounds were in the direction of responding officers.
"You had a young lady who clearly was out of control with probably over 30 rounds of ammunition in that room, with walls that are paper thin, with people on the beach, people on the street. I mean she could have come out and charged anybody," Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood told WESH.
Beaver refused to put down the gun and exit the room, even after a SWAT team arrived. At one point Beaver told police she couldn't hear them because her ears were bleeding.
Several guests had to be evacuated during the incident, and a nearby Comfort Inn closed down its pool deck.
Police eventually had to use tear gas to subdue Beaver and end the two-hour standoff, and she finally dropped the gun.
Beaver was arrested and after being checked for mental health problems was charged with one counts of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, two counts of aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony and carrying a concealed firearm. She remains in jail without bond.
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