Two charged following tactical situation in Newport News

Travis Smith, left, and Najalah Desiree Scott. Credit: Newport News Police Department.

UPDATE (Oct. 12):

Two people have been charged following a tactical situation that lasted several hours Wednesday in Newport News.

Police say officers found a firearm inside the home during a search.

Travis Smith, 35, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police say he also wanted out of Norfolk and York County at the time of his arrest.

Travis Smith, left, and Najalah Desiree Scott. Credit: Newport News Police Department.

Najalah Desiree Scott, 33, was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. She was wanted in Newport News for failure to appear regarding a felony offense and for a probation violation.

Police say Scott also wanted in York County and Hampton.


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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Two people are in custody following a tactical situation that lasted for hours Wednesday.

Police were first called to an apartment on Bellwood Road shortly after 11:30 a.m.

A person had reported that her female family member was being held against her will by an armed man inside one of the units, police said. Officers called the situation domestic-related.

By 2:35 p.m., the Newport News Tactical Operations Unit was called in to assist with negotiations.

When 10 On Your Side arrived on scene, officers had guns drawn, surrounding a purple duplex.

Around 4:30 p.m., a man and woman were seen coming out from one of the units with their hands up, witnesses said.

10 On Your Side saw police escort the pair off of the property in handcuffs.

The couple could be heard shouting “I love you” to one another.

The woman reportedly told police that she had not been held against her will. The male suspect was heard asking officers what his charges were.

Police said that the couple, who haven’t been identified yet, both had warrants out of York County. The man had an additional outstanding warrant in Norfolk. 10 On Your Side is working to learn what those warrants are for, and whether the pair could face additional charges in Newport News.

After they were taken into police custody, officers performed a protective sweep of the residence. A gun has not been located at this time, according to police.

A neighbor told 10 On Your Side that the couple lived in the apartment there alone.

An original report from police stated that the initial 911 call was made from the woman inside of the unit, claiming she was being held there against her will. Officers later sent a correction, clarifying that it was her relative who phoned in the report. The relative was not reportedly inside the unit when the tactical situation was occurring.