HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Henry County man is behind bars after he spent several hours barricaded inside a Martinsville home Wednesday night.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to the 200 block of Grassy Creek Road in Martinsville at approximately 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 to arrest Ronald Gene Edwards Jr., who was wanted for felony drug indictments.

However, when deputies approached the home, Edwards — a 33-year-old from Ridgeway — ran inside, according to officials.

Authorities say they made contact with Edwards, who told them he was armed with a knife and would not come out. After negotiators tried and failed to communicate with him multiple times, a search warrant was obtained to enter the residence.

At approximately 11 p.m., the sheriff’s office tells WFXR News that a tactical unit entered and searched the home before realizing Edwards was in the attic. Once again, deputies contacted Edwards, who reiterated that he was armed and refused to come out.

Shortly after 11:45 p.m., authorities say they removed Edwards from the ceiling of the home and took him into custody on the following charges:

  • Felony distribution of fentanyl
  • Felony distribution of tramadol
  • Misdemeanor obstruction of justice (for failing to exit the house)

The sheriff’s office announced on Thursday, May 26 that Edwards is currently being held without bond in the Henry County Adult Detention Center