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UPDATED: Man taken into custody after hours-long hostage situation, barricade in Herndon

Herndon Police Department vehicle (courtesy Herndon Police Department)

(Updated at 5 p.m.) An hours-long barricade and hostage situation was resolved shortly before 9 a.m. in the Town of Herndon, police say.

A man who barricaded himself in his home on Hemlock Court last night “surrendered peacefully” and is now in police custody, according to the Herndon Police Department.

In a statement released this afternoon, police identified the man as 66-year-old Paul Graves. He has been arrested and charged with three felonies: abduction, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and shooting in an occupied building.

The incident began when police received a call from a person inside the home at 9:16 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday), saying that someone else fired a gun in the home, an HPD spokesperson told FFXnow.

“The incident quickly escalated into a hostage and barricade situation. Fairfax County Police Department’s SWAT Team responded to the scene and took over command,” the spokeperson said.

Herndon Parkway between Van Buren Street and Maple Avenue was closed throughout the nearly 12-hour-long incident.

Local police officers, state tactical officers, and SWAT officers from the Fairfax County Police Department responded to the scene in and around the 700 block of Hemlock Court.

“The lone hostage was able to escape the home unharmed,” HPD said. “Graves surrendered peacefully this morning at 8:47.”

According to the department, Graves had “minor” injuries that were not related to the incident. He was taken to Reston Hospital for treatment before being taken to HPD headquarters for questioning.

He is currently being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.

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