UPDATE 1/2 9:14 A.M.: Radford police have named the suspect in the five-hour standoff on New Years’ day as 20-year-old Jonathan N. Jarels.
Officers say they responded to the 200 block of Second Street on New Years’ day for reports of a man threatening to shoot law enforcement and himself if police were called to his home.
After they got there, police say they set up a perimeter around his home and tried to communicate with Jarels.
During their investigation, Radford Police discovered that Jarels was accused of assaulting a woman before the call came in. The Radford City Police SWAT Team, State Police, and Virginia Tech Police were also called to assist with the incident.
Officers say after almost five hours of negotiating, Jarels was arrested. He was charged with one count of domestic assault and battery.
Jarels is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail.
“I am truly appreciative for the Virginia State Police and Virginia Tech Police Department for their assistance during today’s incident. I am thankful for the skill and training of our SWAT team members in working to bring this critical incident to a peaceful resolution today.”Chief Dodson
UPDATE 1/1 3:55 P.M.: The Radford Police Department reports a person has been taken into custody without incident.
RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — The Radford Police Department is asking the community to avoid the 2000 block of Second Street because of an active incident.
Police say while there is a significant police presence, there is no threat to the public.
This is a developing story WFXR will update as information becomes available.