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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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