Carroll man arrested after hour-long standoff

By Allen Worrell -

Eric Donald Edwards

One day after allegedly making threats against law enforcement, a Carroll County man was arrested peacefully Thursday after a one-hour standoff with local police.

According to the Chief Deputy Gary Bourne of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Eric Donald Edwards, 39, of the Laurel community was arrested Thursday at approximately 1:30 p.m. at a residence at the intersection of Trading Post Road and Fries Road on the Galax side of Carroll County. One day earlier, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office issued a BOLO (be on the lookout for) on Edwards for a probation violation and charges of brandishing a firearm and assault. The BOLO noted Edwards was armed and dangerous and that he had made statements that he would harm law enforcement.

Bourne said the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a report that Edwards’ car was sitting at the residence. A Carroll deputy followed up on the report and witnessed Edwards get out of the car and enter the residence, Bourne said. From there, he said another deputy was dispatched to the scene, as well as members of the Galax Police Department, a Galax Police armored vehicle, members of the Virginia State Police, and members of the local Tact Team.

“We were there maybe an hour and there was no communication with him. He finally came out on the porch, threw his hands up and gave up. There was no problem at all, and thankfully it turned out very peacefully,” Bourne said. “He had made comments about harming law enforcement. Obviously, when a threat has been made against law enforcement and you get reports that he has a weapon, you are concerned about everybody’s safety, even the suspect’s because it can go bad in a hurry. We don’t want anybody to be hurt, so we were tickled to death we got him, it’s over and nobody was hurt.”

Bourne said after Edwards was arrested, he was transported to New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin, where he is being held without bond.

Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN

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