Originally created 09/06/00

Bond denied for standoff suspect



An Aiken County magistrate denied bond for Joe Daniel Floyd early Thursday morning, hours after he was arrested for assault and battery with intent to kill for shooting at a pharmaceutical delivery man.

Mr. Floyd, 57, held at bay about 30 police officers from at least four different agencies for almost five hours while they tried to talk him out of his Hampton Avenue Home. When communications with a negotiator crumbled, authorities tossed tear gas through the front window and brought him out shortly after midnight, Public Safety Capt. Tom Galardi said.

Mr. Floyd was sent to Aiken Regional Medical Centers for evaluation, then taken to the Aiken County Detention Center, where he remained Thursday.

The standoff began around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when a delivery man for Aiken Drug Co. took a bagful of medicine to Mr. Floyd's home. Shortly thereafter, the two men began arguing when Mr. Floyd discovered that his blood pressure medicine was not in the bag, Capt. Galardi said. When Alan Canalejo, 17, pulled his pickup truck out of the driveway, Mr. Floyd pulled out a rifle and shot out the delivery man's tire.