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March 2, 2018

Man arrested unharmed after Morrisville standoff

Jeremiah David Gibson, 42, of Bealeton, faces five felony charges after an armed standoff with deputies and state troopers in Southern Fauquier.
A Morrisville man faces five counts of attempted capital murder after an armed standoff early Friday morning.

Jeremiah David Gibson, 42, threated and fired a gun at deputies and state troopers from his home, according to Fauquier sheriff’s Sgt. James Hartman.

Authorities arrested Mr. Gibson “unharmed” after his standoff against tactical teams and a state police armored vehicle, Sgt. Hartman said.

The suspect remained in the county jail without bond Friday afternoon. He also faces charges of discharging a firearm within an occupied dwelling and destruction of property.

Mr. Gibson called the emergency dispatch center at 10:15 p.m. Thursday to report “a confrontation with a neighbor,” Sgt. Hartman said.

The suspect also told the dispatcher that he had a gun and would shoot any law enforcement officer who approached his house at 4281 Bear Bug Lane.

Sheriff’s deputies responded cautiously, surrounding the house in a densely wooded area. They and state troopers also began quietly evacuating nearby homes without alerting the suspect, Sgt. Hartman explained.

Officers talked with the suspect via cellphone — in an area with spotty service, as ferocious winds from a Nor’easter intensified, dropping limbs, trees and power lines.

Deputies described him as “agitated and uncooperative.” Mr. Gibson allegedly retreated into the home and refused to surrender.

Subsequent calls to him often dropped, according to Sgt. Hartman.

Around 2 a.m., Mr. Gibson allegedly fired a shot from the single-story home, which he and his wife bought in July 2016, according to county real estate records.

As the standoff continued, law enforcement response intensified, with Culpeper and Stafford deputies joining the effort and officers rotating off the front line in favor of fresh replacements.

Around 5 a.m., as the armored vehicle — with five officers inside — approached his home, Mr. Gibson shot at it, Sgt. Hartman said. That produced the five charges of attempted capital murder, he explained.

But, he eventually surrendered.

By late Friday afternoon, officers reopened Elk Run Road and allowed residents in the area to return to their homes.
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