Pittsylvania County standoff ends with suspect's arrest

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PITTSYLVANIA CO., Va. (WDBJ7) Brian Cundiff is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Brian Cundiff was arrested after allegedly shooting a Pittsylvania County deputy Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Cundiff is charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, and two counts of using a firearm in commission of those felonies.

The incident began Tuesday night when two deputies responded to a call on Blair Lane. When they arrived at the home, Cundiff shot at them and went back inside.

The deputy was treated and released from the hospital. Cundiff surrendered to authorities around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

According to the arrest warrant, Deputy Nicholas Samuels and Deputy M. Reynolds responded to 129 Blair Lane after receiving a call from Cundiff’s father saying his son had a shotgun and shot his cellphone.

When they arrived, Deputy Reynolds stated that Deputy Samuels was talking to the father when they heard another shot. Samuels approached the rear of a truck in the driveway for cover. Another shot was fired in his direction, which grazed the top of Samuels’ head.

He was taken to the Danville Regional Medical Center and received four staples. Deputy Reynolds stayed at the house until more units arrived.

After a nearly seven-hour standoff, a tactical team made entry and removed Cundiff. No one else was inside.

"After several hours with no contact eventually in the house the SWAT teams did use some special tactics to enter the house, but right at the end this gentleman gave up and turned himself in without any further injury to anyone," Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor said.

Sheriff Taylor said deputies are familiar with Cundiff.

Online court records show Cundiff has convictions for domestic assault, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license.

He is being held without bond at the Pittsylvania County Jail.

UPDATE: 3:25 a.m.

The standoff in Pittsylvania County ended at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The suspect involved in the incident is Brian Cundiff, 37. He lives at the Blair Lane home he barricaded himself inside of.

Cundiff surrendered peacefully after several hours without contact. Special teams used tactics to get into the house, forcing Cundiff to give himself up.

Deputies responded to Cundiff's residence because Cundiff's family called 911 seeking help from law enforcement.

Two officers responded. When they arrived, Cundiff shot at them and went back inside his home.

One of the officers suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound, but has been treated and released. No one else was hurt.

Cundiff is charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, and two counts of using a firearm in commission of those felonies.

Around 30 to 40 officers responded at the scene.


A Pittsylvania County deputy who was shot Tuesday night suffered a non-life threatening injury.

The suspect is barricaded inside of a home. This is happening in the Blairs community.

The deputy was treated at a local hospital and released.

Here is the news release from the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office:

The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office confirms that a deputy sheriff suffered a non life threatening gun shot wound earlier this evening. The deputy has been treated and released from the hospital. Sheriff's personnel and the Virginia State Police remain on scene at a residence in the Blairs community. The suspect has barricaded himself inside a residence. Negotiators continue to make contact with the suspect. As the scene changes we will update you.


Pittsylvania County deputies are responding to an emergency situation.

Deputies are not letting cars down Keeling Drive, which is in the Keeling community, about 10 minutes south of Chatham.

There is a heavy police presence in the area.

Pittsylvania County dispatch says there is an "incident" on Blair Lane.

Neighbors told us an armored vehicle went down the street earlier in the evening.

A deputy who is on scene said there is "no hostage."

Flares are lighting the roads. Unmarked and marked sheriff cars are driving in and out.

Check back soon for more updates.