Suspect in custody after 12-hour standoff near ODU

For hours, U.S. Marshals and police from Norfolk and ODU have surrounded a home in the area of 43rd Street and Killam Avenue.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police and federal agents say a 12-hour standoff near the Old Dominion University campus is finally over, and the suspect is in custody.

Alpha Almin Kamara Photo provided by Western Tidewater Regional Jail

For hours, U.S. Marshals and police from Norfolk and ODU surrounded a home in the area of 43rd Street and Killam Avenue. Investigators say they found the suspect hiding in the attic of a building.

The suspect, who has been identified as Alpha Almin Kamara, appeared in Norfolk Federal Court Tuesday afternoon. He has been charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Philip Cockrell, a student at ODU, “The best thing that came out of it tonight is that no one was injured. I mean, everyone is safe and they got the person responsible.”

Earlier Monday evening, a 10 On Your Side crew on scene heard officers attempting to negotiate with someone over a megaphone, stating “come out of the house with your hands up.”

According to officials, U.S. Marshals were leading the investigation, seeking to apprehend a wanted fugitive.

Earlier in the day, a 10 On Your Side crew spotted one man handcuffed and taken into custody. Students reported at one time seeing four people apprehended.

It is unclear if any of those individuals are the wanted fugitive targeted by law enforcement. That person’s identity has not been released by police.

ODU sent an alert to students and faculty at 2:34 p.m.:

“O.D.U Alert: Multi jurisdictions are conducting an off campus active investigation in the area of 43rd and Killam. Please avoid the area until further notice.”

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