UPDATE: Barricade situation peacefully resolved in Philomont
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, after nearly 10 hours of negotiation, was able to peacefully resolve a barricade situation near Philomont.
Deputies were able to make contact with the man who had threatened suicide while sitting inside his vehicle with a gun and take him into custody.
He will be held on an emergency custody order and was taken to a local hospital for a mental evaluation.
Updated: 4:57 p.m.
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office personnel remain on scene near Philomont working to keep a suicidal man from harming himself.
As public school students began to come home between 2:30 and 4 p.m. today, the Sheriff's Office advised bus drivers to find alternate routes around the scene, according to Liz Mills, spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue and EMS are now on scene as well for additional support.
Residents in the area of the 20400 block of Beaverdam Bridge Road in Philomont are being asked to stay in their homes as members of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office work to keep a suicidal man from harming himself.
There is no immediate threat to the community, according to reports, however Beaverdam Bridge Road has been closed in both directions between Jeb Stuart Road and Stone Manor Lane as a precaution.
The agency’s Hostage-Negotiations Unit is on the scene and in contact with the man who is alone and inside a vehicle, armed with at least one gun, according to Liz Mills, spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
"It's not clear at this time how many firearms he has," Mills said.
Deputies were called to the scene about 8:57 a.m. by the man's ex-girlfriend, Mills said.
After a deputy made contact with the man, it became clear the situation was dangerous and additional personnel were called to the scene.
A reverse 911 call was made to all residents within a one-mile radius of the scene, informing them of the situation.
"All essential personnel are on scene and are working to try and resolve this peacefully," Mills said.
The emergency response to the scene was so great, including the Sheriff's Office Mobile Command Unit, that some residents of Purcellville who saw the vehicle passing through the town, believed a situation was unfolding in their area.
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