Fire truck standoff in Burke ends in arrest

A Fairfax man in custody after a five-hour standoff on a fire truck in Burke.

It began around 8:30 Tuesday evening when police received a report of a man using an axe and a chainsaw to cut down a tree, which he then set on fire. Officers say that 43-year-old Wesam Hashish was also cursing and screaming at people in the 10000 block of Wavell Road.

Shortly after police and firefighters arrived Hashish jumped onto a Fairfax County Fire Rescue ladder truck and refused to come down. There he stayed for five hours. Police report during that time Hashish exposed himself, tried to assault officers and even picked up a ladder from the fire truck and threw it at them.

During the standoff people living nearby were asked to stay in their houses and keep away from windows and doors.

Around 2 a.m Wednesday, officers use a Taser and pepper spray to subdue Hashish  A police K9 assisted in the arrest.  Hashish was medically cleared at a hospital and then taken to the Adult Detention Center. He was charged with felony attempted assault on a law enforcement officer, indecent exposure, unlawfully climbing onto a fire truck, interfering or tampering with firefighting equipment, and threats to bomb.  He’s being held without bond.



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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.