HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — A large police presence in Hopewell was the result of a domestic-related incident between a man and his ex-wife, which later turned into a barricade situation, officers told 8News.
Hopewell Police officers were called to the 1100 block of High Avenue around 4 p.m. Tuesday. According to police, a woman and child left the home after her ex-husband made threats to harm himself.
The man, along with two children, remained inside.
Eventually, the man who barricaded himself inside the home with two children surrendered peacefully. No one was harmed.
As a precaution, officers evacuated the surrounding area, closed off nearby roadways and urged locals to avoid the area. A negotiations team, SWAT, Hopewell Police Department and Hopewell Fire Department all assisted with the barricade incident.
Police did not say if charges were forthcoming at this time.
Johnny Gonzalez, a father, said seeing cops invade the neighborhood with guns and shields was alarming.
“Cops don’t come suited up like that for no reason at all,” Gonzalez said. “You get freaked when you see cops with shields and assault rifles, everything!”
Johnny Gonzalez’s son Shawn said the situation was unfortunate, telling 8News “It was wild. I have never been in a situation where I go outside and a police officer with an AR15 tells me to go back inside my house.”
The Gonzalez family said the situation has left them with a mixed bag of emotions.
“Frightened, terrified, confused,” Gonzalez said. “One of the many emotions you have when you see your entire street blocked off by police.”
An investigation is ongoing.
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