Man dead from apparent suicide after traffic accident in Augusta County

augusta countyAn unidentified man is dead from an apparent suicide after a single-vehicle traffic accident in Augusta County led to a 14-hour long standoff with police.

At approximately 11 p.m. Sunday, Virginia State Police was called to a single-vehicle traffic crash in the 1200 block of Roman Road in the Mount Sidney area. The trooper ended up locating the vehicle in the 1400 block of Roman Road. As the trooper approached the vehicle, the driver, a male, began walking away from the vehicle and refused to comply with the trooper’s commands to stop.

Disregarding the trooper, the male subject walked into a nearby house. The male refused to come back outside. The trooper then heard a muffled shot fired from inside the residence.

The Virginia State Police Tactical Team responded, along with a negotiator, in an attempt to make contact with the male subject inside the residence. State Police spent hours trying to make contact with the individual with the goal of safely resolving the situation.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, State Police located the adult male in the attic of the house. The subject was deceased from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His remains are being transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner.

No shots were fired by law enforcement during the course of the incident. No law enforcement were injured during the course of the incident, which remains under investigation. State Police are still in the process of notifying the man’s next of kin.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office assisted State Police during the situation.



Have a story idea or a news tip? Email editor Chris Graham at [email protected] Subscribe to AFP podcasts on Apple PodcastsSpotifyPandora and YouTube.