Standoff in south Richmond ends peacefully

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One man is facing multiple felony charges tonight after a standoff with police.

The negotiations with Richmond officers lasted several hours as a shooting suspect barricaded himself inside a home on Laveta Drive off German School Road on the southside.

Throughout much of the day the neighborhood was completely blocked off by police.

A SWAT team was brought in as negotiators tried to coax 58-year-old Robert Payne out of a home where they say he shot a woman Saturday morning.

Nearby residents were greeting this morning by dozens of armed officers, cop cars, and an armored vehicle blocking the road.

Police used the parking lot of Diane Beaver's daycare center as their staging area.

"What happened," she asked. "That was my first reaction. What happened?"

Barrett Hoffman watched from his home as police brought in the "big guns."

"It looks about ten times worse than it did this morning," he said.

Around 2:30 Saturday morning police say 58-year-old Robert Payne shot a woman inside this home on the 400 block of Laveta Drive.

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and told police the man who shot her, might be barricaded inside that home where she lives.

"They (officers) circled the block," said Richmond Police Department spokesperson Karla Peters. "They canvassed the neighborhood, looking for the suspect. They were able to get in contact with him by phone around 9:00 a.m. this morning, however, he refused to come out initially."

The situation escalated.

The SWAT team arrived on scene just before 1:00 p.m. as negotiators tried to persuade Payne to surrender.

They allowed neighbors to leave the area, but no one was permitted to return.

It wasn't until 2:30 p.m., almost 12 hours after the shooting, that Payne gave up, leaving Hoffman breathing a sigh of relief.

"If this were an attack or break-in, I would definitely be a whole lot more concerned," he said. "I guess since it's a domestic incident, it doesn't seem like it would be a problem for anyone else."

Payne faces three felony counts, aggravated assault, malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Police will not say at this point how Payne and the victim are related.

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