Barricade Ends Peacefully in Clifton

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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — An 20-year-old Fairfax man who barricaded himself in his home and threatened to harm himself was peacefully taken into custody on Monday.

Officers were called to his home in the 11900 block of Henderson Court the morning of the 22nd, after reports were made of a man possibly armed with a gun who was experiencing emotional distress.

Law enforcement established a barricade around the home within the hour, and his neighbors were notified of the situation through reverse 911 calls.

The man’s family members who were inside the home were able to leave without harm. Along with the barricade being set up, a SWAT team was dispatched, as well as personnel from Mobil Crisis and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Law enforcement negotiated with the man until shortly after 3 p.m., when they were able to take him into custody. He was uninjured, as were all responding officers. A temporary detention order was obtained for the man so that he can be safely evaluated and treated.

The Washington Post reported that Fairfax County police spokesman Officer Don Gotthardt said of the man, “He appears to be having some sort of mental crisis.”