Fairfax police end standoff situation with no injuries


Scene of standoff in Tysons Corner. (Fairfax County Police)

A man involved in a standoff with Fairfax County officers at a Tysons Corner apartment complex Tuesday morning was transferred to a local hospital for evaluation after he was taken into custody, police said.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was apprehended about 9:30 a.m. after police forced their way into an apartment in a high-rise complex in the 8300 block of Greensboro Drive. He was not injured.

The incident began about 2 a.m. when police received a call for a complaint of loud music in the building. When police arrived, a man who was alone in an apartment told police he “would shoot them if they came inside,” according to Bud Walker, a spokesman for the department.

The man told police he had a weapon, but police said that “no weapon was seen.” Officers smelled “what they believe could possibly be gasoline,” Walker said. “Out of an abundance of caution,” Walker said residents on three floors of the building were evacuated and relocated to a nearby community center.

By 6:30 a.m., SWAT teams were on the scene, and police were calling it a “standoff situation.” Walker said officers were communicating with the man through the door of his apartment, but the spokesman said he did not have information about why the man refused to come out.

About 9:30 a.m., officers smelled what they thought might have been smoke, so they forced their way into the apartment and took the man into custody. Afterwards, police removed two dogs from the apartment.

Dan Schmidt, a Fairfax County fire department spokesman, said the man had used an ignitable liquid to set multiple fires in the apartment. He said authorities had sent the liquid out for testing to determine what it is.

Walker said he was awaiting information about whether the man had any weapons. Evacuated residents have been allowed to return to their apartments.

International and Greensboro drives between Spring Hill Road and West Park Drive were closed before 7 a.m., but later reopened.

No charges have been filed.

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by Dana Hedgpeth

Fairfax County Police said a standoff at a Tysons Corner apartment complex is over and there are no reported injuries.

The incident began around 2 a.m. when police received a call for a complaint of loud music in the 8300 block of Greensboro Drive. When police arrived on the scene, a man who was alone in an apartment there told police he “would shoot them if they came inside,” according to Bud Walker, a spokesman for the department.

He told police he had a weapon, but police said that “no weapon was seen.” Officers smelled “what they believe could possibly be gasoline,” Walker said. “Out of an abundance of caution,” Walker said residents on three floors of the building were evacuated and relocated to a nearby community center.

By 6:30 a.m., SWAT teams were on the scene, and police were calling it a “standoff situation.”

Just before 7 a.m., police closed some roads in the area. International and Greensboro drives between Spring Hill Road and West Park Drive were closed. It was unclear how long the roads would be closed.

At 9 a.m., police said the earlier reports of smell of gasoline were unconfirmed and they had no further details on the man inside the apartment. They also did not know at the time if he lived in the complex.

Shortly before 10 a.m., Fairfax police said they had the man in custody but had no further details at that time.

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Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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