Suspect Arrested After Standoff, Shooting At SWAT Team

March 17, 2023

A suspect is in custody after a standoff with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and SWAT team Friday afternoon on Finley Drive.

Kyle William Faist, 26, was charged charged with firing a weapon in public or on a residential property and domestic violence related aggravated assault. Additional charges are pending for firing at the SWAT team. He was booked into the Escambia County Jail without bond.

The ECSO responded to a reported domestic violence related armed disturbance about 12:40 p.m. on Finley Drive, which is off Jernigan Road between Nine Mile Road and Johnson Avenue.

According to ECSO Commander Andrew Hobbs, at least one shot was fired prior to their arrival. There were no reported injuries.

Faist barricaded himself inside a home and refused to come out. Authorities said he was the only one inside the home, and there were no hostages.

Negotiators worked for two and a half hours in an effort to get Fasist to surrender, but he refused. Four tear gas canisters were deployed into the home.

The ECSO said Faist then fired at the SWAT team members, and they returned fire.

“The suspect surrendered immediately and was taken into custody. No one was injured during the exchange,” ECSO said in a statement. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.


6 Responses to “Suspect Arrested After Standoff, Shooting At SWAT Team”

  1. Suprised on March 26th, 2023 5:36 pm

    WOW! IM TOTALLY 1000% SUPRISEDI used to see this kid just about everyday at his job. Have to say im totally blown away! Definately out of his at work character. He was always so quiet and meek! Cant help but wonder what happened to cause him to snap like it appears he did! He seemed like he was an all around great kid! Always polite, never heard any kind of attitude or cross word from him or anything like that. My prayers go out to him and all involved!

  2. Sue on March 21st, 2023 1:52 am

    The teargas was still in the air at 3 pm .I live about 2 blocks away and went outside and my eyes began r I been and my throat hurt and its was hard to breath.

  3. Me on March 18th, 2023 10:38 am

    Just wasn’t Faist enough.

  4. KK Cantonment on March 18th, 2023 5:53 am

    yes. Thank God it worked out. Safety of the public has to be first in any SWAT emergency; but also the safety and preservation of life for ALL persons involved is important.

  5. Ryan on March 17th, 2023 8:36 pm

    Cudos to the great Escambia County SWAT Deputies.
    This suspect is lucky to be alive shooting at a SWAT Team
    I’m grateful to know we have such effective and patient law enforcement officers serving Escambia County.
    Thank you.

  6. John on March 17th, 2023 3:57 pm

    Praying for all involved!