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Nassau County detective surrenders after 6-hour standoff at home in Wildlight community

YULEE, Fla. – A standoff with a Nassau County detective who was barricaded in a home in the Wildlight community ended peacefully around 5 a.m. Friday when the detective was taken into custody, jail records show.

Earice “Ray” Rhoden Jr., 41, was booked at 8:30 a.m. for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and use of a firearm while under the influence. He’s being held without bond.

Court records show that he is a Nassau County Sheriff’s Office detective.

Deputies said the standoff began Thursday night around 11 p.m. when the NCSO Special Response Team and members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to the neighborhood after someone, later identified as Rhoden, barricaded themselves in a home on Blue Daze Street, across from Wildlight Elementary.

A Yulee resident who asked not to be named said the situation overnight was very serious.

“Last night, as I was getting ready for bed, I heard what sounded like gunshots or fireworks. I went outside, and there were some drones. I saw some neighbors from the next block over running down the road and got yelled at to go inside,” they said. “I was on the back porch and I heard SWAT breaking down fences from the next block over to be able to evacuate people from that block over to this block.”

No one was injured during the standoff.

Class was temporarily canceled for Wildlight Elementary School students early Friday morning during the standoff, but once the situation was resolved, school officials reversed course and said school would be in session Friday.

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