Students late for school because of SWAT scene

Portsmouth Police shut down George Washington Highway for a couple hours on Sept. 23, 2014 after the SWAT team was called out. (WAVY/Joel Hilton)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A burglary call in Portsmouth Tuesday morning escalated into a SWAT situation.

When a WAVY crew arrived on scene around 8:30 a.m., officers had George Washington Highway blocked between Frederick Boulevard and Hanbury Road.

Photos: SWAT situation shuts down busy street

According to Sgt. Kelly Funkhouser with Portsmouth Police, an attempted armed burglary occurred in the 30 block of Emmons Place around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Officers responded to the call and located a vehicle believed to be connected to the crime. They took three suspects into custody. The officers had reason to believe a fourth suspect was in the nearby Marsh Landing Apartments.

Sgt. Funkhouser confirmed that as a result of the blocked roads, several school buses were unable to pick up children. She did not confirm an overall lockdown, but several residents reached out to WAVY wondering why they couldn’t enter or leave the area.

Around 9:30 a.m., people began leaving the apartment complex, according to the WAVY crew on scene.

Officers did not locate the wanted suspect, Sgt. Funkhouser confirmed. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP

WAVY News 10 is working to get more information. Stay with us on air and online for updates.

A Portsmouth Police officer blocks off part of George Washington Hwy. at Marsh Landing Road on Sept. 23, 2014. (WAVY/Joel Hilton)
A Portsmouth Police officer blocks off part of George Washington Hwy. at Marsh Landing Road on Sept. 23, 2014. (WAVY/Joel Hilton)

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