Road rage suspect in custody after barricading himself in Alexandria for over 24 hours

A road rage suspect who barricaded himself inside his home in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday, leading to a police standoff, has been apprehended.

A spokesperson for the Alexandria police told WTOP that the man surrendered peacefully following the standoff at his home on Woods Place.

The officer also said that the suspect fired at officers, but no rounds were used by police and no officers were injured.

No charges have been announced after the arrest.

The Alexandria Police Department said the situation started with a road rage incident in which they believed shots were fired. At around noon on Tuesday, the suspect refused to surrender to police and barricaded himself in his house in the 1000 block of Woods Place.

During the standoff, police said the suspect fired several rounds at them, but that no officers returned fire.

“We’re doing everything we can to peacefully resolve this incident,” Marcel Bassett, public information officer for the Alexandria Police Department, told WTOP earlier Wednesday.

Residents in the area of Quaker Lane and Woods Avenue were urged to shelter in place.

One resident who did not want to give his name said he lives “literally right next to the situation” and that police “have been sitting on the situation all night and they’re just not letting me in. They’re not letting anyone in. They haven’t told me anything at all.”

While the incident was near Alexandria City High School, school is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and students remain unaffected by the barricade.

Here is a map of the area that’s affected:

WTOP’s Acacia James and Abigail Constantino contributed to this report.

Ivy Lyons

Ivy Lyons is a digital journalist for Since 2018, they have worked on Capitol Hill, at NBC News in Washington, and with WJLA in Washington.

Anna Gawel

Anna Gawel joined WTOP in 2020 and works in both the radio and digital departments. Anna Gawel has spent much of her career as the managing editor of The Washington Diplomat, which has been the flagship publication of D.C.’s diplomatic community for over 25 years.

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