Wanted man arrested after hours-long barricade at Lynchburg home, police say

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A man wanted for several charges was taken into custody on Tuesday after a barricade at a Lynchburg home that lasted more than five hours.

According to the Lynchburg Police Department, officers were in the 10-block of West Princeton Circle at approximately 2:38 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26 in order to arrest a wanted man.

When police arrived at the scene, they tried to speak with 27-year-old Assaum Jefferson of Lynchburg, but he barricaded himself in a residence. 

Officials say members of the department’s Tactical Unit and Crisis Negotiations Team responded to help detain Jefferson.

After multiple attempts to communicate with Jefferson, authorities say they used chemical agents and eventually took Jefferson into custody for the following charges:

  • Capias: Failure to appear on grand larceny charge (felony)
  • Capias: Bond revoked on distribution of heroin charge (felony)
  • Indictment out of Pittsylvania County for possession of stolen property (felony)

As of this writing, police say additional charges are pending in connection with this ongoing investigation.

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