Suspect of Portsmouth barricade situation in custody

Officers on the the scene of a barricade situation Nov. 2, 2017, in the Old Towne section of Portsmouth. A suspect was taken into custody, ending the situation after three hours. (Credit: WAVY/Joe Fisher.)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A man is in custody following a hourslong barricade situation in the Old Towne section of Portsmouth.

Darryle Murriell. (Credit: Portsmouth Police Department).

Police have identified the suspect as 50-year-old Darryle Murriell.

Dispatch told WAVY.com a call was received at 8:40 a.m. for an apartment fire on North Street — in between Court and Crawford streets.

Police officials said on Twitter they were on the scene where someone was barricaded. SWAT officers swarmed an apartment building as the situation unfolded.

The situation ended around three hours after it started, with the suspect in police custody. There is no word on whether Murriell was armed.

“The fire squad said, ‘Move, move, move, just get out! Get out!,'” neighbor Lorena Cruz said. “I said, ‘I wanna go upstairs!’ They said, ‘No you don’t!’ So I got out totally.”

Gallery: Barricade situation in Portsmouth

WAVY reporter Joe Fisher reported Thursday that the Fire Marshal’s Office said the suspect started a fire inside an apartment before he barricaded himself inside.

WAVY’s Matt Gregory reported in a Facebook live that residents near the scene were being asked to stay in their homes. The situation lasted for more than 3 hours.

“It’s annoying because after the first 1 or 2 hours it was ok,” Cruz said. “It’s getting me more frustrated.”

Tidewater Community College’s Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth was briefly placed on lockdown Thursday morning, due to the barricade situation. The center has since resumed normal operations.

Police said during the incident, they discovered that Murriell had an outstanding warrant. Investigators are looking into more charges from this incident.

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