Fort Hunt barricade situation ends; 2 children safe

WASHINGTON — A man is in custody and two children are safe after a barricade situation in Fort Hunt that lasted more than 17 hours, the Fairfax County police said.

Police said at about 1:20 p.m. Monday that the man had been taken into custody at his house on Thomas J. Stockton Parkway near Culpeper and Londonderry roads after they used a Taser on him, about 20 minutes after the children had left the house.

The situation began at about 8 p.m. Sunday, when a friend of the man called them, saying the man was having “a mental crisis.” Police came to the house, and while they were able to contact the men, he wouldn’t let them in.

The police later said that two children, who they believed were four and eight years old, were in the house with the man. They said they were concerned for the children’s welfare, though they added that the man hadn’t threatened the children.

Officers spoke with the man on the phone periodically throughout the morning, trying to get him to a hospital.

A little after 1 p.m., the police said, the children left the house and were taken into protective custody. The man continued to be uncooperative and went in and out of the house, and at one point an officer used a Taser on the man.

He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. No one else was hurt.

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