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UPDATE: Standoff in Roanoke County Comes to an End

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Tuesday 7:00 p.m.

Police sources said more charges could be pending against Bill Long Jr.

Long's next scheduled court appearance is Aug. 23.

Tuesday 2:20 p.m.

Roanoke County police say state police bomb techs have rendered two potential suspicious devices safe.

A few neighbors had to be evacuated but are back in their homes now.

Orlando Avenue had also been shut down but is now back open.

Tuesday 12:36 p.m.

A Virginia State Police bomb squad is currently investigating a suspicious package at Bill Long Jr.'s Roanoke County home.

It's in the 200 block of Orlando Avenue in northeast Roanoke County.

12:40 a.m.

The standoff is now over. The suspect voluntarily surrendered to police and he is now in custody.

12:27 a.m.

Our own Katie Love says a man is now in police custody. She watched him leave the house and surrender to police. He was on his knees and handcuffed outside the home.

11:05 p.m.

Police have fired tear gas into the Orlando Avenue home.

Police are asking the man inside the house to drop the gun. They are saying, "All you have to do is drop the gun and come out. If you come out unharmed with no intent to hurt anyone... Just come out the front door with no weapon. Sony I can't hear you. I know you're yelling, but all you need to do is call."

3:21 p.m.

Police say they are investigating a reported abduction and brandishing of a firearm.

2:18 p.m.

Roanoke County Police asking the public to stay away from the following areas:

  • Orlando Ave. NE
  • Brookside Park
  • Verndale Drive NE

1:53 p.m.

Roanoke County Police are asking people who live in the Orlando Avenue area in the northeast section of the county, by Brookside Park, to stay in their homes, and not drive to the area.

A standoff is underway.