CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A man who barricaded himself inside a Chesapeake home Thursday has died, police say.
Chesapeake police said in a news release officers responded to a house in the 4100 block of Nina Drive Thursday morning for someone barricaded inside.
This person, a man, was armed and suicidal, and refused to leave the home. He reportedly went out the back door of the house Thursday morning and fired several shots, police said.
Around 12:25 p.m., police said the man went out the front door of the house and fired guns toward SWAT officers on scene. Police said officers returned fire, but it was unknown whether he was struck.
The man went back inside after this exchange, and officers then spoke to him again.
Police said a short time later another shot was heard from inside the house before it was determined the man had died. An investigation into his death is ongoing.
The barricade situation prompted officers to close off a section of the neighborhood. Nina and Pinta drives were closed to traffic between San Salvador Drive to Dock Landing Road, while residents within that area were asked to stay inside.
A police spokesperson said school buses were rerouted, but 10 On Your Side confirmed with Chesapeake Public Schools that no schools were placed on lockdown.
A schools spokesperson said this message was sent to the Chittum Elementary School community Thursday morning:
The Chesapeake Police Department contacted us this morning to inform us that they are addressing an incident in the area near our school. While the police department feel the situation is contained and our students and staff are not at risk, they are sending an officer to our campus as a precautionary measure. We are continuing with our instructional day as normal and are in constant contact with authorities. Should the situation change, we will take immediate action and you will be alerted. Please know that safety is always our top priority at Chittum Elementary.