Bentonville man in custody after standoff

A Bentonville man is taken into custody following a 45-minute standoff with police on Thompson Hollow Rd. March 14 in which shots were fired from a BB or pellet gun. Photo by Dan McDermott, Warren County Report.

[UPDATED 13:59 MARCH 16, 2009]

According to Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron, at approximately 9:30 p.m. on March 14, 2009 the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded to 61 Noahs Road for a complaint of a possible suicidal subject. The deputies observed a male subject, later identified as Jeffrey Z. Robbins, age 41, of 61 Noahs Road, Bentonville, VA, enter the front porch of the residence and retreat back into the home. Deputies noted that no lights were on in the home but very loud music was playing. Deputies attempted to communicate with Mr. Robbins and later reported shots were being fired at them from the residence and called for assistance. The subject appeared to be shooting an air rifle or a small caliber weapon at the deputies and their vehicles. The deputies determined that Robbins was shooting an air rifle and after approximately 45 minutes, the deputies were able to convince Robbins to put down his weapon, exit the home and surrender.

Robbins was arrested and charged with one count of maliciously discharging a firearm within a building ({18.2-279} Class 4 felony) and one count of attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer ({18.2-26} Class 4 felony).

No one was injured in the incident. One Sheriff’s Office patrol car received minor damage. Mr. Robbins was taken to the Warren County Jail and is now being housed outside of Warren County.


By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report Newspaper

BENTONVILLE, VA–A  Bentonville man is in police custody Saturday after a standoff in which shots were fired at Sheriff’s deputies with what is believed to be a pellet or BB gun.

Warren County 911 received a call approximately 9:30 pm from a Bentonville woman who said her husband of 12 years had taken poison and locked himself in a trailer adjacent to their home. She told dispatchers that the man had a mental disability and could not purchase a “real gun” but that he had a BB gun.

Sheriff’s deputies and a K-9 officer from the Front Royal Police Department responded and surrounded the area dodging at least two pellets or BBs from the trailer from which the suspect was also blasting loud music. At least one of the projectiles is believed to have hit a vehicle.

Deputies at the scene had difficulty transmitting with their portable radios and also requested some non-lethal weapons. One officer responded to the scene with a shotgun loaded with bean bag rounds.

The suspect was taken into custody approximately 10:20 pm and left the scene in an ambulance. A deputy at the scene said he expected the man would be charged with attempted malicious wounding.

Warren County Report is attempting to confirm the man’s identity.

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