UPDATE 1:41 p.m.: Police say the man who barricaded himself in a Roanoke City home for more than 20 hours was originally wanted for aggravated malicious wounding and abduction charges from a domestic assault in Roanoke County on Sunday.
According to the Roanoke County Police Department, officers were dispatched to a domestic assault in the 5200 block of Orchard Hill Drive shortly after noon on Sunday and found a 53-year-old woman with non-life threatening injuries who was transported to the hospital.
Police say they put out a lookout for 51-year old John Andrew Burch and obtained felony warrants for aggravated malicious wounding and abduction. Roanoke City Police reportedly tracked down Burch at a house in the 2500 block of Edinburgh Dr NW, but when they tried to arrest him, he barricaded himself inside the house with a firearm.
A standoff ensued and officials say Roanoke City Police Tactical Response Team was called in before Roanoke County SWAT and City of Salem Emergency Response Team relieved them later in the evening. However, at 6:30 a.m. Monday, the Roanoke City Tactical Response Team returned to command.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., police say Burch surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. The Roanoke County Police Department says additional charges are pending in this ongoing investigation.
UPDATE 12:12 p.m.: WFXR News uncovered additional details about the hours-long standoff in northwest Roanoke that came to a peaceful end Monday morning.
After being notified of a subject with outstanding warrants in Roanoke County in the northwest Roanoke area on Sunday, Roanoke City police officers attempted to serve the warrants around 1 p.m. on Sunday.
However, the man barricaded himself inside a house along Edinburgh Avenue NW — even though it is unknown whether or not he actually lived in the area — and a standoff ensued for more than 20 hours.
Police say there was one shot fired over the course of the standoff, but it is unknown if the shot was intentional or accidental. Either way, officers did not fire back.
After the man exited the house around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, police took him into custody and transported him to jail in a Roanoke County police vehicle.
Police strongly advised neighbors to stay in their homes over the course of the standoff, saying they would not be able to come back in if they left the area.
WFXR News spoke with neighbors who shared their surprise about how quiet the standoff was, saying they were impressed by the actions of police officers from Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Salem throughout the situation.
WFXR News is working to confirm the identity of the man involved in the standoff, as well as the felony warrants that sparked the standoff in the first place.
UPDATE 10:28 a.m.: A man has exited the northwest Roanoke house with his hands in the air, marking the end of a standoff that started Sunday afternoon.
Around 10:30 a.m on Monday, June 22, police placed the man in the back of a SWAT van before switching him to a Roanoke County police car.
ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Sunday afternoon’s standoff has stretched into Monday morning as police surround a northwest Roanoke house with an armed man barricaded inside, according to officials.
WFXR News is at the scene of the standoff at the 2500 block of Edinburgh Drive NW, where the Roanoke Police Department has maintained a heavy police presence since 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 21.
A department spokesperson says officers were attempting to serve felony warrants on Sunday, but the man barricaded himself inside a residence and is believed to be armed with at least two long guns, including an AR-15 style rifle.
As police continued to communicate with the barricaded man Sunday evening, they gave him a timed warning before saying officers would kick the door down. However, the officers pulled the battering ram away from the house for unknown reasons.
“We got a knock on the door, you know, telling us to stay in the house. Don’t let the dogs out. Don’t come out at all,” says Celia Calloway, a resident in the neighborhood. “They were trying to detain a situation, so we just sat there and just watched from the window.”
Calloway told WFXR News she knows the man police are trying to convince to surrender, saying she is surprised at the incident and never thought this would happen in her neighborhood.
According to Calloway, the barricaded man is “a very humble guy, very caring and loving, you know, concerned about what’s going on in the world and, you know, his neighbors, what’s going on in his neighborhood, and if his neighbors are okay.”
Several streets are still closed down in the area as of Monday, June 22, including Speedwell Drive at the intersection of Edinburgh Drive NW, as well as Grandview Avenue between Durham Street NW and Edinburgh Drive NW.
Therefore, depending on how much longer the standoff continues, Roanoke motorists should be prepared to seek alternate routes for their Monday morning commute.
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