One person in custody after hours-long standoff in Lynchburg


UPDATE 6:01 P.M.: Police got a call before 11 Thursday night and responded to a report of an assault on Jackson Street.

“We had officers speaking with him and we eventually called out our tactical unit as well as our crisis negotiation team who spoke with him throughout the night into the early morning hours,” said Carrie Dungan, spokesperson for the Lynchburg Police Department, “and he was eventually taken into custody and was charged with domestic assault and battery, strangulation, and abduction.”

Dungan said the victim was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries before the standoff began. Dungan said the suspect was alone throughout the standoff.

WFXR spoke with Calloway’s relatives who did not want to go on camera, but one said she is relieved he survived and was shocked by how many officers responded for one person.

“He was armed, yes, he did have a gun,” said Dungan, “and officers were not sure exactly what kind of gun it was. They could see the gun and obviously we had to proceed with caution.”

According to police, after about seven hours of trying to negotiate with Calloway, they used what they referred to as “chemical agents” to arrest him.

“Anytime we come out to a call like this,” said Dungan, “when we have somebody who has a weapon, our first concern is for the safety of residents in the area, and so we wanted to make sure that we were doing everything we could to ensure the safety of those residents as well as ensure the safety of the suspect inside.”

Another relative spent several minutes staring at the remains of the house after the standoff.

UPDATE 2:38 P.M.: WFXR News has reviewed Shawn Calloway’s criminal history in Lynchburg Circuit and General Courts. He was found guilty of the following charges (in order of offense date):

  • 01/10/2010: Possession of Marijuana (Misdemeanor)
  • 01/10/2010: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • 03/02/2011: Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Offense (Misdemeanor)
  • 03/27/2014: Public Intoxication (Misdemeanor) ** guilty in absentia
  • 03/11/2015: Public Intoxication (Misdemeanor)
  • 03/25/2017: Public Swearing/Intoxication (Misdemeanor)
  • 04/01/2017: Operation of motor vehicle or self-propelled machinery or equipment by habitual offender prohibited (Misdemeanor)
  • 07/01/2017: Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Offense (Misdemeanor)
  • 07/01/2017: Possession of Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (Felony)
  • 07/14/2017: Contempt/CA/Violate Bond Condition
  • 11/13/2017: Cruelty to Animals (Misdemeanor)
  • 11/13/2017: Cruelty to Animals (Misdemeanor)
  • 11/29/2017: Contempt/CA/Violate Bond Condition

Calloway, 50, of Lynchburg, also has four probation violations dating as far back as December 2018.

UPDATE 6:55 A.M.: A suspect is in custody after an hours-long standoff in Lynchburg.

Officers responded to 85 Jackson St. just before 11 p.m. Thursday night after a reported assault.

When they arrived, officers attempted to speak with the suspect. Shawn Calloway, 50, barricaded himself in the home.

Members of the Lynchburg Police Department’s Tactical Unit and Crisis Negotiations Team responded to help take Calloway into custody.

After multiple attempts to speak with him, chemical agents were used.

Tactical Unit officers eventually took Calloway into custody on the following charges:

  • Domestic assault and battery;
  • Strangulation; and
  • Abduction.

No one was hurt in the standoff.

This is an ongoing investigation.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Lynchburg Police officers are on scene of a standoff in the Hill City.

Officers responded to the scene shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday for an assault call. The suspect then barricaded himself in the home.

The barricade is near First and Jackson Streets.

Police ask the public to avoid the area at this time.

WFXR has a crew on the way to the scene. Stay with us for updates.

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