Man arrested after 5-hour standoff on fire truck

FAIRFAX CO. – A Fairfax County man was arrested after a 5-hour standoff with police officers on top of a fire truck, police say.

Police say they were initially called to the 10000 block of Wavell Road Tuesday night around 8:30 p.m. when 43-year-old Wesam Hashish began cutting down a tree with an axe and chainsaw and then tried to set it on fire. Hashish was also screaming and cursing at neighbors.

When officers arrived, police say Hashish ran from them and jumped on top of a fire truck that also responded.

Police say Hashish refused to come down for over 5-hours during negotiations with police officers and mental health professionals.

Hashish exposed himself and picked up a ladder from the top of the fire truck and threw it at officers, police say.

Around 2 a.m., officers pepper sprayed Hashish to subdue him, and Hashish tried to run away again.

Officials say a police K9 assisted in arresting Hashish and he was taken to a hospital, then jail.

He was charged with felony attempted assault on a law enforcement officer, indecent exposure, unlawfully climbing onto a fire truck, interfering or tampering with firefighting equipment, and threats to bomb, police say.

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