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A 31-year-old man fired a gun into his yard and threatened to engage in a shootout with police Saturday night at his Norge home while his three children were inside, authorities said.
James City County Police responded to the 100 block of Oslo Court just after 10 p.m. Saturday and were told the man, who is not being named at this time, had discharged a firearm into the yard before officers arrived, said Deputy Chief Steve Rubino with the James City County Police.
The man’s girlfriend, who reported the incident, told police the suspect “made statements in reference to getting into a shootout with police if they responded” after the two had an argument, Rubino said.
When officers arrived, they were unable to make contact with the suspect — who had retreated back into his house — and learned three children, ages 8, 9 and 13, were inside the home with him, Rubino said.
Officers were aware he is ex-military from past interactions with the man, Rubino said.
The James City County SWAT team responded and initiated negotiations for several hours while the man barricaded himself inside, Rubino said.
At 1:45 a.m., negotiators were able to get him out of the home and into custody. No one was injured during the incident.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Police discovered four firearms in the residence, which they collected as evidence.
Rubino said police are seeking to charge the suspect with reckless handling of a firearm and brandishing a firearm.