Man arrested after hours-long armed barricade at Hopewell home with 2 children and an adult

HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — A Hopewell man was arrested after barricading himself with two children and another adult inside his home early Friday morning.

Hopewell police said the man, identified as 29-year-old Omar Wharton, fired a firearm that hit a neighbor’s home.

Police arrived at the armed barricade at 4:17 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, where the Crisis Negotiation Team and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team worked for about two hours to peacefully resolve the situation before Wharton was taken into custody. As negotiations continued, residents were evacuated as a precaution.

Wharton was taken to Riverside Regional Jail and charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor possession of a firearm within city limits.

Hopewell Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are asking anyone with information to contact the Hopewell Division of Criminal Investigation at 804-541-2284.

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