Standoff ends in Montgomery Co., suspect still at large

Courtesy The Aware Foundation
Courtesy The Aware Foundation(The Aware Foundation)
Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 7:02 PM EST
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: A Montgomery County standoff was concluded Tuesday night after it was found the wanted man was not there and had run off. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Bryce Gordon Richards, 24, is still wanted for assault and battery.

He had been reported as missing by the Aware Foundation.

There is no ongoing threat to the public, however, it is advised that he be approached with caution, according to sheriff’s investigators.

EARLIER: Multiple law enforcement agencies responded Tuesday to a home near the 3700 block of Peppers Ferry Rd. and Amber Rd. in Montgomery County for reports of a potentially armed man refusing to leave the property.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect is homeless and went back to the home of family members to try to work out previous conflicts. After getting into an argument, the man was asked to leave by the family. He refused, stayed at the property, and is known to have possessed firearms in the past.

He is the only person still in the home, according to investigators, who reached out with a loudspeaker to the man multiple times to no response.

There are numerous guns known to be in the home.

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