UPDATE: Man Arrested After SWAT Standoff

By: Brendan Ponton Email
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The identity of the man who holed himself up inside of a home Tuesday morning has been released.

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VERONA, Va. (WHSV) -- A man holed himself up inside of a home and even fired a shot outside as SWAT members were waiting and neighbors were watching.

John Allen Powell, 67, faces criminal charges for attempted capital murder and discharging a firearm or missile.

This all took place on Midvale Drive in Verona on Tuesday morning.

Things are much quieter now on Midvale Drive. There's still some members of the sheriff's office on the scene going through what happened earlier Tuesday morning.

A gunshot was fired and people nearby told to duck for cover. No one was hurt, Powell has been arrested.

At 2:19 a.m. sheriff's deputies were called to the scene to serve an emergency custody order in response to a person's concern regarding the welfare of Powell.

Powell was threatening to have a shootout with police, telling them he was armed with an automatic rifle, according to the sheriff's office. At about 4:15 a.m. the SWAT team was called in and after more than three hours of negotiations, the SWAT team fired tear gas into his home.

At about 8:36 a.m., after the gas entered his home, Powell fired a single shot through the front door toward the SWAT team's armored vehicle, according to the sheriff's office. About six minutes later, he was taken into custody without incident. Seven weapons were retrieved from the home.

It was quite a morning for neighbors.

"It was scary. It was really scary. Just knowing that that's so close to home," said Pamela Myrick who lives nearby.

Pam says she's lived here for several years and has never seen something like this.

The man was taken to Augusta Health where he is being mentally examined and charges are pending. His mug shot has not yet been released.

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