SWAT Team Called To Glasgow Residence

By: 
Darryl Woodson

July 6 - The Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called to Glasgow Thursday night after a man with a gun barricaded himself inside a house.

Eventually, deputies were able to deescalate what the sheriff called “a very dangerous situation” and the suspect was arrested.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, around midnight on Thursday, July 5, deputies responded to the Dollar General Store in Glasgow after receiving a call about a domestic situation that had taken place the previous day. After speaking with some of the involved parties, deputies responded to the 1000 block of Kanawha Street to continue their investigation.

While approaching the Kanawha Street residence, Deputy K.M. Randozzo was confronted by Joseph Ryan Brown, a 33- year-old white male who had just recently moved to Glasgow. During this confrontation, Brown pointed a pistol at Randozzo, then turned the pistol on himself before retreating into the residence, according to the release. Brown then began barricading himself inside the residence.

The sheriff’s SWAT team was activated to back up deputies already on-scene. Sheriff Chris Blalock arrived with the SWAT team and ordered that a perimeter be set up around the residence containing Brown and that the neighboring residences be evacuated. The Glasgow Fire Department assisted the sheriff with the evacuation and housed the neighbors for the remainder of the incident.

Blalock had his chief deputy, Capt. Tony McFaddin, establish contact with Brown in an attempt to deescalate the situation. After approximately 28 minutes of dialogue between Brown and McFaddin, Brown laid down his pistol, walked out of the residence, and submitted to being arrest.

“I am very proud of the way that my deputies resolved this very dangerous situation. The character and professionalism that they display on a daily basis aided them in deescalating this very volatile confrontation and helped bring it to a peaceful conclusion,” said Blalock  

Brown was charged with abduction, strangulation and possession of a firearm by a felon, all felonies; as well as the misdemeanor charges of brandishing a firearm, reckless handling of a firearm, domestic assault and batter, and preventing a person from calling 911.

Also, Amy Lawrence, a 33- year-old white female from Glasgow was charged with possession of a methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, and James Daniel Lewis, a 38-year- old-white male from Glasgow was charged with possession of methamphetamine.

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