N.C. man charged after five-hour standoff in Cana

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A Mount Airy, N.C. man has been arrested after a five-hour standoff with Virginia State Police, U.S. Marshals and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Monday in Cana.

According to Carroll County Sheriff J. B. Gardner, deputies from his office, along with deputies from the U.S. Marshal’s Service and troopers with the Virginia State Police, arrested Dale Thomas Willard, 37, of 144 Clock Lane, Mt. Airy, N.C. after a five-hour stand-off. Gardner said Willard was wanted for three felony probation violations out of Carroll County Circuit Court and a felony eluding a law enforcement officer that occurred in Carroll County after a pursuit on Jan. 4, 2016.

“Carroll County Sheriff’s deputies and deputy U.S. Marshals were able to surround a resident in the 800 block of Fish Lake Road in Cana after receiving information that Willard was armed and was inside the home,” Gardner said in a press release Monday night. “Numerous attempts to get Willard to come out of the residence were not successful. Members of the Virginia State Police Tactical Team were also on scene and OC gas was introduced into the home in an effort to get Willard to come out. After the gas was introduced, officers were able to gain entry into the home and take Willard into custody. Willard did not have a firearm on his person when taken into custody.”

Gardner said Willard was brought before the magistrate and was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

“More charges are expected as the investigation continues, as well as charges from N.C are expected to be served on Willard,” Gardner said.

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