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F.C. Official Press Release Spells End To Hillwood Ave. Standoff

The City of Falls Church Public Information Office issued a press release at this hour officially announcing the end to the Hillwood Ave. standoff that began Monday at 4:30 p.m. with the detainment tonight of a felony suspect and removal of him from the premises of a family residence on Hillwood Ave. to a local hospital. The following is the text of the press statement:

“The Falls Church City Police Department received a call for a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of Hillwood Ave. shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday, June 25. Falls Church Police responded to the scene and were met by a distraught male subject with a handgun. There were also reports that the subject had poured gasoline on himself and throughout the house. Two family members were in the house at the time but swiftly extracted from the property by the Falls Church Police. The subject subsequently barricade himself in the house.

“Falls Church Police activated the Falls Church Emergency Services Unit (ESU) and requested mutual aid from Fairfax County Police Department and the City of Falls Church Sheriff’s Office.

“The incident escalated as the subject became more agitated. Additional mutual aid units were called throughout the 28 hour standoff to include City of Alexandria Police Department, Arlington County Police Department, Arlington and Fairfax Fire and EMS, regional SWAT teams, and the continued efforts Fairfax County Police.

“Just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, the subject gave the Falls Church Police an opportunity for non-lethal use of force. The subject subsequently surrendered to authorities and was immediately treated and transported to Fairfax Hospital. Felony charges are pending and the investigation continues.

“The Falls Church Police and the City thank the community for patience and support in a successful outcome of this event.

“ADDITIONAL NOTES

“• Residents of Hillwood Ave. may return to their homes.

“• Eastbound Hillwood Ave. will be open by the morning rush hour. The westbound lane will remain closed as the investigation continues.

“• Washington Gas is on the scene and is in the process of restoring gas utilities to all homes that experienced disrupted service.

“• Residents of the Hillwood neighborhood will have regularly scheduled trash and recycling collection on Wednesday, June 27.”

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