Police-gunman standoff ends peacefully in Herndon

A 10-hour standoff between a man and Fairfax County police at a home in Herdon ended, Saturday, when the man surendered.Herndon barricade

It began around 4:00 a.m. when officers received a report that a man was threatening to shoot and kill family members in a house in the 13200 block of Ladybank Lane. The man, identified as 21-year-old Anthony Moaf, also threatened to shoot police after they arrived.

Two adult family members who were inside the home were able to escape unhurt and a police negotiator maintained contact with Moaf, off and on, over the next 10 hours.

About two hours into the incident officers heard what sounded like a gunshot coming from inside the home. Police say the shot did not appear to be directed at officers and no one was hurt.

During the incident, neighbors and people in the immediate area were asked to shelter in place and stay away from doors and windows.

After repeated demands were made to Moaf for his surrender, police used a robot and gas grenades to end the barricade.

Moaf was taken for a medical evaluation. He faces charges for reckless handling of a firearm.


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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.