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UPDATE: Barricade situation peacefully resolved in Philomont

Philomont, suicideTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny All Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office essential personnel were called on scene for a man with a firearm threatening to kill himself at a home near Philomont May 2.
Updated: 8:40 p.m.

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.

Original story:

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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Right Honorable:  were you there ?  Oh, that’s right - you’re just armchair quarterbacking an event that lasted 10 hours, by looking at one photograph.  How intelligent of you.  Perhaps some of those responders were sent on foot, to knock on doors of adjacent homes, in case the reverse 911 call didn’t get answered.  If you’re really worried about the number of resonders, I suggest you attend a board meeting and put your money where your mouth is.  Better yet, arrange for a meeting with the Sheriff and Fire Marshall to discuss your better plan.

I see nothing wrong with this picture. Suicidal man with a gun in a vehicle = unpredictable and potentially dangerous individual possibly able to go mobile at any time. if you’re familiar with the area, there is quite a bit to secure to keep the situation contained and the surrounding area safe. In a situation like this you’d have those directly engaged, a supervisory and command/communications capability, traffic/crowd control, etc. in addition to law enforcement, there would likely be medical/mental health and rescue personnel there. Finally, any number of those vehicles would likely be reporters, photographers and other media along with support services personnel (water, food, etc.) that would be required to ensure the health and safety of others engaged. The situation ended safely for everyone so I won’t be second-guessing the response. I’d be willing to bet we’d all hope for a similar response if this happened in our neighborhood.

The [fill in the blank]-industrial complex meme is getting really fresh and interesting.


The Comments-industrial complex

aka: Comment-gate

That picture shows in far fewer than 1000 words just what’s wrong with this safety-industrial complex we euphemistically call “first responders” 

Do we really need that many vehicles and people to stand around watching a lone suicidal fellow in his own house.

Insanity like this is costing us dearly…tax dollars we could deploy to better purpose.  Have you noticed how we now get 5 or 6 “first responders” at even minor traffic accidents?

that’s a lot of cars….

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