Neighbors speak out after Callaway SWAT standoff

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CALLAWAY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Neighbors in one Callaway neighborhood are speaking out on what many may call a scary situation. Tuesday night law enforcement talked a man out of his house after he fired several shots and threatened to harm deputies.

A Callaway neighborhood off Plantation Drive was anything but quiet late Tuesday afternoon and into the night as law enforcement surrounded a home.

"They wouldn't let anybody through. They had them all stacked up back there," said James VanDyke, a homeowner in the neighborhood.

VanDyke was on his way to pick up his wife when he ran into deputies out on the street.

"There was one deputy that was hiding behind his car, [he] started going like this to me and told me to go away," said VanDyke as he mimicked the deputy's gestures. "I didn't know what was going on, you know. I backed up into the driveway across the street."

At the time, Bay County deputies were trying to make contact with Robert Sandvig, who made his first court appearance Wednesday. He's facing four counts of aggravated assault on an officer.

"It was just a mess down there," explained VanDyke.

Deputies say Sandvig fired several shots out of a window and threatened to harm deputies if they tried to disarm him. Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford says they believe Sandvig was suffering from a mental breakdown as he barricaded himself in a room.

For several hours VanDyke remained separated from his wife as the SWAT standoff went on. He says he's glad things are now back to normal.

Sandvig is also charged with discharging a firearm in public or a residential property.