Ft. Eustis ‘barricaded subject’ surrenders

Photo of Fort Eustis. (WAVY/Liz Palka)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Twitter account said the soldier who barricaded himself in his home surrendered to law enforcement just after midnight on Friday. It started when he locked his wife outside their residence Thanksgiving Day, according to military officials.

“He is now being transported to a local medical treatment facility to undergo a comprehensive health evaluation,” tweeted a representative.

Capt. Kevin Whitlatch told 10 On Your Side the man was not showing signs of violent intent nor was he considered a threat. Whitlatch also said no evacuations were ordered. WAVY.com started getting tips of the situation around 8 p.m. Nov. 27.

The man is active duty in the Army. Whitlatch said the soldier was alone inside his residence. But it was unknown at the time if the man had a weapon with him.

Military police contacted Newport News Police Department about the situation but initially did not need local police assistance, according to officers. Whitlatch said Newport News Police did end up responding to the scene. The efforts to have the soldier surrender were collaborative between the two agencies.

Initial, unconfirmed reports through social media were that an active shooter was on base. But the Department of Defense told 10 On Your Side sources that was untrue.

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