Barricade situation in NW ends without incident

By William Branigin
Friday, November 26, 2010; 12:40 PM

Police seeking three armed suspects surrounded a home on Q Street NW early Friday, but the "barricade situation" was later resolved when police did not find any suspects inside.

Officer Istmania Bonilla, a D.C. Police spokeswoman, said officers responded early Friday to a call from a woman who said that three armed men were holed up in a home in the 400 block of Q Street NW. After a standoff lasting more than three hours, police entered the residence, but "nothing was found," she said.

The call had prompted police to declare a barricade situation, call in SWAT personnel and block off a section of New Jersey Avenue NW between R and P streets.

Police trained guns at the small two-story rowhouse and ordered any people inside to come out with their hands up, said Washington Post reporter Emma Brown, who lives nearby. She said police on the scene suited up in SWAT gear as more vehicles arrived, including a large black Emergency Response Team vehicle.

SWAT team members took up positions in front of the house and in a rear alley, Brown said. She said police activity began at the scene at about 7:30 a.m.

Bonilla said the situation "ended without incident" shortly after 11 a.m.

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