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Tear gas, police dog help end Hampshire standoff

September 9th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

A Hampshire County man who barricaded himself inside his Slanesville area home following a domestic incident early Friday allegedly attempted to disarm a sheriff's deputy as authorities entered the residence to end a 4 1/2-hour standoff. The Cumberland Times News reports Michael Brown, 58, was flown to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of burn injuries after he was taken into custody around 6 a.m., the Hampshire County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Brown reportedly suffered the injuries after grabbing a tear gas canister that was thrown inside the house by authorities.

He'll be charged with attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, obstructing police officers and domestic battery, police said.


Deputies and a Romney Police Department officer initially responded to the home on Frank Haines Road just before 1:30 a.m. and made contact with the alleged victims. When contact was made with Brown, he reportedly fled into the house and locked the doors, preventing authorities from entering, police said.


Family members told police Brown was suffering from mental illness, may be suicidal and that there were several guns in the home, leading authorities to summon assistance from sheriff's offices in Morgan and Hardy counties.

Brown refused to exit the home, even after tear gas was deployed. At about 5:50 a.m., police said, members of Morgan and Hardy County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and members of the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office entered the residence searching for Brown, who was found barricaded in a bedroom closet.


Brown allegedly attempted to grab a deputy’s gun and refused to comply with orders. A Hampshire County K-9 was also deployed to bring Brown into compliance. He continued to fight deputies but was eventually subdued and handcuffed.

Slanesville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, Augusta Volunteer Fire Department, Augusta Volunteer Rescue Squad and Hampshire County Homeland Security and Emergency Management also assiste

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