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Police Standoff with Mentally-ill Man

Police Standoff with Mentally-ill Man

´╗┐´╗┐This is the view down Cockrell Road. The Homestyle Inn is at the end of the road. (WTOP Photo/Neal Augenstein)

Neal Augenstein |

July 29, 2010

MANASSAS, Va. — A man with a long history of mental illness is in a standoff with police at a motel near Old Town Manassas. The man is identified as John Carlson, and his sons tell WTOP it’s his 50th birthday.

“Right now, it’s a standoff,” Sgt. Tim Neumann of the Manassas Police Department tells WTOP.

“I hope it resolves itself soon, and I hope it resolves itself with him giving himself up and no one getting hurt in this situation.”

Carlson has been holding police at bay at the Homestyle Inn at 9913 Cockrell Road since about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police responded to a disturbance in the motel parking lot Wednesday evening.

When they got there, Neumann says police saw Carlson running into one of the motel rooms. Carlson is wanted for a probation violation out of Chesapeake, Va.

“When they went to the room to ask him to come out, he would not come out. He told officers he would not come out, at which point he fired off a round from a handgun through the window.”

Police backed off, evacuated the motel and set up a perimeter.

Prince William County’s SWAT team came in to assist Manassas Police, and so did Manassas Park Police. The Virginia State Police also are helping.

Police have tried to negotiate with Carlson. They have also deployed tear gas into the motel but Carlson did not come out.

Carlson’s sons tell WTOP their father is depressed over a relationship and does not have his medication.

One played for WTOP a phone message Carlson left. On the message, Carlson apologizes to his son. He tells him he’s in a standoff, that he wanted to say goodbye and that he loved his son.

The sons have not been allowed to talk to their father.

WTOP’s Neal Augenstein contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2010 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)

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    about 4 years ago


    just to set the record straight....... this man is my father and i have total respect for him it crushes me that it ended this way and all i could do was prepare myself for this my brother and i told the police multiple times that if they didn't let us talk to him it was gonna turn out bad and they refused to let us talk to him they might have came and talked to us three times through the whole thing and thats only because i stayed on them its not like we were out of the way we were at the staging area from the time it began until they came and told us that our father was dead we TOLD them we were the only ones who could make a difference and they didn't care both my brother josh and i were there overnight all the way to the end i know for a fact that my father only five bullets in the gun and there were still two in the gun when they found him that means there were only three shots fired two where ever they went plus the one on himself my father was not mentally ill my dad had problems just as anybody else does if there are any questions you can contact me at

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    about 4 years ago


    Here's how it ended. Carlson killed himself

    Update: At 4:20 p.m. Thursday, the Virginia State Police Emergency Services Unit entered the hotel room and found 50-year-old John Charles Carlson Sr. dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Manassas City Police Department says.

  • John_groh_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Sounds like a real mess they have there. Hope there is a follow up to this story.

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    about 4 years ago


    sad story, hope everyone comes out of this situation safe and sound

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    about 4 years ago


    I hope this comes to a peaceful resolution.

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    about 4 years ago


    Hope all involved come out of this safe

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    about 4 years ago


    This is sad to hear....for everyone involved...not only the officers but for the son too. Hoping for the best!!

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Negotiations with mentally-challenged people are never easy, but I hope all works out on a positive note at the end.

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    about 4 years ago


    I hope it ends peacefully.

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    about 4 years ago


    I hope this gets resolved safely for the offender and the officers. Good Luck

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    about 4 years ago


    Good luck with this one...

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