Christiansburg man arrested after police standoff

Published: Sep. 1, 2023 at 4:23 PM EDT
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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - A man is in custody after police say he barricaded himself inside a Christiansburg home Friday around 3:30 p.m.

Police identified the suspect as Joseph Penn, 34 of Christiansburg, who was wanted for armed robbery and assault of an officer.

Christiansburg’s Police Chief Chris Ramsey tells WDBJ7 officers negotiated with Penn for 2 hours, but he refused to come out.

“At that point the decision was made to enter the residence because he wouldn’t respond or come out,” said Ramsey

Ramsey says officers used tear gas to ultimately get Penn outside and into custody.

There were no injuries reported.