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Hillwood Ave. Standoff Approaches 24 Hours, Police Fully Deployed

hillwood2A standoff between a single armed individual inside a residence in the 600 block of upscale Hillwood Avenue in the City of Falls Church continued this afternoon, approaching 24 hours after police were first called to the location. Police units from the City of Alexandria spelled SWAT units from Fairfax County and police from Arlington County this morning, both remaining on call if needed, and Falls Church Police remained fully engaged. The News-Press has learned the situation developed out of a domestic dispute at the home. The individual fired his weapon, but apparently aimlessly, late yesterday afternoon. Through the night police units broke windows in the home and fired tear gas into the home. At about 1:00 a.m. this morning, police reported made contact with the individual but then had nothing further to report.

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UPDATE: 7:45 p.m.: Witness on the scene says armored trucks and cars have been removed from the driveway and the mood “appears to be calm.”

UPDATE: 7:23 p.m.: Witness reports street barricade is expanding. Flagmaker Drive has now been closed off.

UPDATE: 7:14 p.m.: Reports of police vehicles being driven up on the lawn and camoflauged snipers taking position outside the Hillwood Ave. home.

UPDATE: 5:01 p.m.: Witness at the scene says SWAT and FC police have expressed opinion that suspect may be trying to provoke “suicide by cop.”

UPDATE: 4:51 p.m.: Reports of more loud bangs at site of Hillwood Ave. standoff. 

UPDATE: 3:35 p.m.: The News-Press is receiving reports of more tear gas fired into the house on Hillwood Ave.

UPDATE: At of 2:16 p.m. Tuesday the City issued a statement saying there is no admittance into the barricaded area and residents are asked to make alternate plans as a timeline for resolution is still uncertain. Residents in area asked to stay in home or stay out of area.

A standoff between a single armed individual inside a residence in the 600 block of upscale Hillwood Avenue in the City of Falls Church continued this afternoon, approaching 24 hours after police were first called to the location. Police units from the City of Alexandria spelled SWAT units from Fairfax County and police from Arlington County this morning, both remaining on call if needed, and Falls Church Police remained fully engaged. The News-Press has learned the situation developed out of a domestic dispute at the home. The individual fired his weapon, but apparently aimlessly, late yesterday afternoon. Through the night police units broke windows in the home and fired tear gas into the home. At about 1 a.m. this morning, police reported made contact with the individual but then had nothing further to report.

Hillwood Ave. remains closed from S. Roosevelt St. through Cherry, and residents in that area have been advised by City officials to use caution. In a statement from the City issued early this morning, residents were advised that if they need to leave their homes, they should call the Falls Church police dispatcher at 703-241-5053. Residents needing to come into their homes need to talk to police officers posted at the corner of Hillwood and Flagmaker Dr. The City statement noted that not all requests can be accommodated, and that ideally residents should remain in their home or stay out of the neighborhood until the matter is resolved.

At of 2:16 p.m. Tuesday the City issued a statement saying there is no admittance into the barricaded area and residents are asked to make alternate plans as a timeline for resolution is still uncertain.

“The City and everyone involved hopes this concludes in a peaceful way,” the City’s statement concluded.

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Hillwood Ave. Standoff Approaches 24 Hours, Police Fully Deployed

hillwood2A standoff between a single armed individual inside a residence in the 600 block of upscale Hillwood Avenue in the City of Falls Church continued this afternoon, approaching 24 hours after police were first called to the location. Police units from the City of Alexandria spelled SWAT units from Fairfax County and police from Arlington County this morning, both remaining on call if needed, and Falls Church Police remained fully engaged. The News-Press has learned the situation developed out of a domestic dispute at the home. The individual fired his weapon, but apparently aimlessly, late yesterday afternoon. Through the night police units broke windows in the home and fired tear gas into the home. At about 1:00 a.m. this morning, police reported made contact with the individual but then had nothing further to report.

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