UPDATE: 2:10 p.m.: Augusta County sheriff's deputies charged John Allan Powell, 67, with felony attempted capital murder of a police officer and felony discharging a firearm. He faces life in prison if convicted. Police say a single bullet hole was found in the front door of the home. After the man surrendered, police entered the homeand found seven weapons, police say.
This is an update to this morning's story (below) on the incident.
VERONA - As Pamela Myrick walked toward Midvale Drive in Verona this morning to take her children to the bus stop, she saw a slew of police cars surrounding a home.
Within minutes, she heard a series of bangs. At about 8:30 a.m., a SWAT team deployed tear gas into the house and the suspect responded with a gunshot at police. Police weren’t hit by the bullet.
“It was scary,” said Myrick, 31, of Verona, noting that the school bus, escorted by police cars, had come through before the tear gas and gunshot was fired.
“I was all right with the gas canisters but I jumped with the gunshot,” she added.
Sgt. Gary Taylor of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, who is commander of the SWAT team, said the incident started at about 2 a.m. when patrol officers went to serve an emergency commitment order on a man at a home at 41 Midvale Drive.
It’s unclear who obtained the order or why, specifically.
Taylor said patrol officers became concerned when they discovered the man might turn violent.
“They obtained some information that the subject might have been armed and made some threats,” said Taylor.
Patrol officers negotiated with the man for several officers but realized at about 4:30 a.m. that it wasn’t working, said Taylor.
The SWAT team was dispatched to the home.
SWAT team negotiators then made contact with the man.
“The subject indicated he was armed and he told us he’d shoot the police,” said Taylor.
After negotiations failed, a SWAT vehicle approached, deploying tear gas into the home.
Taylor said the man inside responded by firing one shot.
“Several minutes later he came out and surrendered,” said Taylor.
The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to Augusta Health for evaluation. Taylor said charges are pending.
The Daily News-Record will update this story as more details become available, and will have a complete report in Wednesday's print and online editions.
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