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28-Hour Barricade Situation Ends In Surrender

10:39 PM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) - It was long and drawn out.

But tonight after more than 24 hours of being barricaded inside a house, a standoff between police and an armed man is over.

Authorities in Falls Church say they were able to end the ordeal and take him into custody earlier Tuesday night.

It was in the 28th hour that police say they were able to put an end to the standoff. Police said that unidentified man was tasered and arrested at about 9 p.m.


This all happened along the 600 block of Hillwood Avenue in the City of Falls Church, where police will remain overnight.


According to Major Mary Gavin of the Falls Church Police Department, "There was less than lethal force used" in the tense moments that ended the 28-hour standoff.

Gavin said, "After he was essentially tasered, he surrendered to the SWAT teams."

Police originally got the call for a domestic disturbance here at about 4:30 on Monday afternoon. The unidentified man at the center of all this then refused to come out of the house.

Police say they had reason to believe he had doused himself and the house with gasoline and at some point throughout the standoff, he fired a gun.

Police say they heard a shot or what they thought was a shot, and that later, family members confirmed that the man had a handgun.

Neighbors looked on. Many were not allowed inside their homes. More than 40 officers on the ground from four different jurisdictions used SWAT vehicles, negotiators and robot to try to lure the man out.

One neighbor who claims to know the man described him as being non-violent.

"He is a very kind, very gentle person. He gave me a fig tree last week...something is going on that is making him really desperate," said the n"

Now that a peaceful resolution has been reached, many who live in the area are wondering what the cost of this massive response will be, and why it took so long to come to an end.

The cost for this situation is still unknown, but is likely to be in the tens of thousand of dollars.

Police say the area will remain closed to traffic through the night.
It's expected to re-open on Wednesday.

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