CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – A large police presence zoned in on the Brentwood neighborhood in Chesterfield Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
Officers were in the area of the 7400 block of Belfield Road for several hours and also blocked the entrance to the neighborhood from Beulah Road.
Police say the situation is now over. Authorities say that it appears to have been a mental health issue.
They received a call around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for a welfare check on a man at a home. Police were told he had a weapon and was threatening to harm himself.
“It was really scary. It was intimidating, really, because all the cops there. I’ve never seen so many cops in one spot before,” said Vickie Majcen, who lives four doors down.
But police say, even though this was a mental health situation and not criminal, the massive response was not out of the ordinary.
“It’s not uncommon generally when an individual is armed, that’s how we respond,” said Capt. David Shand with Chesterfield Police. “We want to make sure we have all the resources we need. When we have our tactical team, they have a lot more options as far as equipment to handle the situation and handle it safely, so that’s why they’re called.”
Negotiators spent much of the night and early morning communicating with the man until he eventually exited the home and was taken into custody.
“Negotiators and the SWAT officers displayed a lot of patience out here all night long, and the situation ended as we always hope these situations end, with the individual coming out voluntarily and nothing bad happening,” said Capt. Shand.
Nobody was hurt.
Police are facilitating help for the man.
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