BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – Bristol, Virginia Police Department officials said a man who barricaded himself inside of a mobile home off of Island Road in Bristol, Va. on Friday afternoon surrendered to officers.
According Capt. Maynard Ratcliff, a family member of Aaron Twitty, Jr., 29, of Bristol, Va., took out an emergency custody order on him, saying he had been making threats to harm himself and others.
Officers responded to the scene and the SWAT Team was also called because they thought Twitty might possibly have weapons.
Ratcliff said SWAT team members and police department negotiators tried to communicate with the man by using a PA system and a siren because he did not have a phone. Other officers blocked streets during the incident.
“After approximately 20-30 minutes of attempted communication by police with no response, a gunshot was heard coming from the mobile home,” according to Bristol, Va. police officials. “It was followed several minutes later by more gunfire. Police fired no gunshots themselves, but did shoot several gas rounds into the trailer.”
After several minutes, police said Twitty came outside and surrendered to police.
Bristol, Va. police said a shotgun was recovered from the home and they discovered that some of the rounds fired by Twitty had gone through the home and into other nearby mobile homes.
Twitty was taken to the Bristol, Va. Jail, where the emergency custody order will be served.
According to the release, other charges are pending and the incident is under investigation.
Ratcliff said no one was injured, but said they did have to evacuate people in nearby homes during the incident.
According to Ratcliff, Twitty now faces 10 charges including six counts of attempted capital murder, possession of firearms during the commission of a felony, reckless discharge of a firearm and shooting into an occupied dwelling.
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