Nine-hour standoff on Old Bradenton Road ends with arrest of 24-year-old suspect in Bradenton murder case

Sarasota Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service and Sarasota County and Hillsborough County sheriff’s office personnel respond to scene

 Following a standoff that lasted close to nine hours on May 3, officers with the Sarasota Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested a 24-year-old Bradenton man who was wanted on multiple felony warrants, including one involving a first-degree murder charge, the Police Department announced late in the night of May 3.

Dorian Ja’mere Brooks, of 817 28th St. E. in Bradenton, was being held without bond in the Sarasota County Jail, awaiting transfer to Manatee County law enforcement officers, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division records showed on the morning of May 4.

About 2 p.m. on May 3, both the Sarasota Police Department and the Marshals Service sent officers to a residence in the 5100 block of Old Bradenton Road in Sarasota, a Police Department news release said. Brooks reportedly was inside a friend’s residence in that part of the city for more than 10 hours, the release pointed out. “He was in the attic when officers were able to apprehend him,” the release said.

No injuries occurred during the incident, which remains under investigation, the release added.

The site of the standoff is just southwest of the former Sarasota Kennel Club property, which is east of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

A post on the Police Department’s Facebook page at 7:45 p.m. on May 3 noted that personnel with the sheriff’s offices of both Sarasota County and Hillsborough County had arrived to assist with the situation.

Individuals who live in the affected area of Old Bradenton Road reported on Nextdoor and Facebook that a large number of law enforcement personnel were on the scene Wednesday. One woman wrote on Nextdoor that she has family members living nearby, and “[T]hey say it’s insane.”

Another person pointed out that police officers had blocked off Old Bradenton Road to traffic.

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court records for Manatee County say that Brooks was identified as one of the assailants in an alleged armed robbery on Jan. 23 during which three victims were shot. A Bradenton Police Department K9 officer who was in the area at the time estimated that 60 shots were fired.

One of the persons who was wounded — identified as Victim 3 in the law enforcement narrative — was treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital and then released, the report said. He told officers that he “and multiple known friends” were in front of his residence when 12 to 16 other individuals arrived. He described them “as younger males wearing masks and all having firearms.” They targeted another member of his group, Victim 3 added, demanding that that individual — identified as Victim No. 1 — give them his gold chain.

The report pointed out that Victim No. 1 suffered five gunshot wounds and “had lost a copious amount of blood,” which left him in critical condition immediately after the incident.

Victim No. 1 was 23, the Sarasota Police Department release said. He died from his injuries on Jan. 31, the release added.

Both Victims No. 2 and 3 suffered one gunshot wound each, the Manatee County report noted. Victim 2 was in stable condition when the report’s narrative was written.

The Sarasota Police Department said in its May 3 news release that that incident occurred in the 100 block of 10th Avenue W. in Bradenton. Manatee County court records noted the exact location was 136 10th Ave. W. in Bradenton and that the incident was reported at 5 p.m. on Jan. 23.