Barricade situation ends after police use taser on man; children unharmed

Police and media

Police and media at the scene of the barricade situation earlier on Monday. (Fairfax County Police image)

A 17-hour barricade situation in the Fort Hunt area ended earlier this afternoon after police used a taser to subdue a suspect, the Fairfax County Police announced.

Two children who were in the home with the man left the house a little after 1 p.m., police said. Shortly after that the man began entering and exiting the house and not responding to police commands to surrender, police said. The taser was used, and the suspect was taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.

The name of the subject was not released. No charges were announced.

The barricade situation began last night after police received a call around 8 p.m. from a friend of the man. The friend said the subject, who lives in the 8600 block of Thomas J. Stockton Parkway, was having an apparent mental crisis.

Police went to the house but were not allowed in. They subsequently learned that there were also two children in the house, believed to be ages 4 and 8.

An emergency custody order was issued for the man, and negotiations went on sporadically through the night, police said. The man did not threaten his children, police said in a new release issued this morning.