Police: Man in custody after 20-hour long standoff, charged with involuntary manslaughter

The Lynchburg Police Department identified the suspect involved in the 20-hour long standoff as James Kirk (Blue Ridge Regional Jail)

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m.

State Police said James Kirk, 27, of Goodview was safely taken into custody at 11:55 a.m. and taken to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. He was arrested on outstanding Bedford County Grand Jury indictments for aggravated involuntary manslaughter related to a DUI and driving while intoxicated.

He is currently being held without bond.

Lynchburg Police said a firearm, as well as drug paraphernalia, were found in the vicinity of where Kirk was taken into custody.

Police said the incident is under investigation and more charges are pending.


UPDATE: 12:45 p.m.

The Lynchburg Police Department identified the suspect involved in the 20-hour long standoff as James Kirk.

Kirk was taken into custody around 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at a home on Lakeview Drive, in which police said he was not a resident.

Kirk is being taken to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

More charges are pending after the standoff.


UPDATE: 11:55 a.m.

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown said the "high risk" warrant officers are trying to serve to a man barricaded inside a home is for an involuntary manslaughter indictment, associated with DUI.

The Bedford County Sheriff's Office said the warrant was being served on behalf of Virginia State Police.


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A standoff in Lynchburg has reached more than 10 hours after the Lynchburg Police Department said officers were assisting the Bedford County Sheriff's office to serve a "high risk" warrant on McVeigh Road.

Virginia State Police, medical crews, and SWAT team members also responded to the scene to help.

The Amherst County Sheriff's Office also sent deputies to the scene.

The Lynchburg Police Department also coordinated with Lynchburg City Schools to reroute bus traffic in the area of McVeigh Road and Lakeview Drive where the road is blocked at the intersection.

One man said he waited at the bus stop with his child for 40 minutes, though, before realizing they weren't coming and now he isn't able to get back to his home where his three other children are.

Negotiators are working to make contact with a man that police said barricaded himself inside a home as officers tried to serve him a warrant.

Lynchburg Police said they are trying to assess what type of weapons the suspect might have.

The standoff started around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14.

An officer has been allowing residents to drive to their homes down McVeigh Road from the Leesville Road entrance.

Crews says that there are now measures in place to make sure people can get in and out of their homes.

Police have not detailed what the "high risk" warrant is about.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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