2 Stafford Deputies Shot During Standoff Released from Hospital
– September 1, 2013 5:06 pm
The two Stafford County Sheriff’s deputies shot during a standoff have been released from a hospital.
The two unidentified men were treated at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg and have returned home, said sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.
SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – Authorities have not released the names of the two Stafford County sheriff’s deputies shot early Sunday during a standoff.
The two law enforcement officers and a third man, 61–year-old Michael Antosh, were shot just after 2:30 a.m. after a nearly 13-hour barricade situation in neighboring Spotsylvania County.
At noon on Saturday authorities in Spotsylvania were called to the 10300 block of Gordon Road to serve an involuntary, or Emergency Commitment Order most often issued in cases of mental illness.
“Upon arrival, Deputies attempted to make contact with the subject. Mr. Antosh barricaded himself in the residence and threatened the deputies with a large caliber firearm,” a department press release stated.
As the man continued to threaten officers, more were called to the scene, according to a department press release. Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, and Fredericksburg [police also sent help.
Antosh began firing shots after several unsuccessful attempts made by police to talk to him, and the two Stafford deputies were hit. They were taken to nearby Mary Washington Hospital and are listed in stable condition.
Officers returned fire during the melee and struck Antosh. He was also shot and is said to be in critical condition at Mary Washington, according to police.
“Spotsylvania authorities are investigating the incident and we don’t have any information to release about our deputies involved,” said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy. “They are victims and we are treating them as such.”
Felony charges could be filed in the case, according to Spotsylvania authorities. They did not detail why Antosh was being served with an Emergency Commitment Order.