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Joe Beck/Daily Law enforcement officials wait Wednesday during an incident in Winchester in which a man allegedly threatened his own life and the lives of his family.

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

A standoff in Winchester between an armed man and law enforcement officers ended at about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday with members of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office tactical team taking the suspect into custody.

The suspect, Anthony Michael, 47, was removed from his residence at 153 Wilkins Drive and sent to Winchester Medical Center for observation.

He was later charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and transferred to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bail, according to a written statement from the Sheriff's Office.

Capt. John Heflin of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said Michael had been inside his home since deputies arrived at the scene at about 2 a.m. in response to reports of someone threatening to harm himself and others during a domestic dispute.

Heflin said deputies arrived at Michael's residence and found other members of the family standing outside.

Law enforcement officers released tear gas into the home toward the end of the standoff, Heflin said. He said a warrant for an assault against a law enforcement officer was issued against Michael.

Heflin said the warrant was a result of an attempt by a law enforcement officer to interact with Michael during the standoff. Michael "responded with a firearm," Heflin said.

Heflin said the Warren County Sheriff's Office, Winchester police, Virginia State Police and fire and rescue units from Winchester and Frederick County also responded to the incident.

The standoff closed Wilkins Drive from Woodstock Lane to Senseny Road until mid-morning. Residents were evacuated, some of them to Greenwood Fire Hall, which was used as a staging area, according to a press release issued by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Heflin said law enforcement officers at one point sent a robot into the house to conduct surveillance through video that was monitored by those outside.

He said the robot was used to check on conditions inside the house and "for officers' safety" during the standoff.

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