Standoff at Chesterfield apartment complex

By Tara Morgan - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - An intense night in a quiet Chesterfield community ends in gunfire. Nine shots were fired in less than five minutes between the gunman and SWAT officers.

"Yeah it was a little scary wouldn't really expect it out here," said resident Paul Glynn.

Paul Glynn says he lives in the apartment below the one where the gunman lives at the Park at Salisbury. Glynn says police told him and others to leave quickly. While other residents say their loved ones were told to stay put and lock their doors.

Just after six Monday night, police say officers were called for a disturbance at the complex. That a resident pulled a gun on a complex employee then went to his apartment where at least three shots were fired.

"Apparently from what the officer told us the guy trying to kill himself, stepped out and fired at police," said Glynn.

For nearly three hours police tried to end the standoff through negotiations.

"After two and a half hours of negotiations with the suspect he exited his apartment and fired several shots at members of the SWAT team who immediately took action and shot at the suspect," said Chesterfield Police Captain David Stone.

The suspected gunman described by residents as nice and friendly, was taken to VCU Medical Center. No word on his condition. No one else was hurt.

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