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FBI operation 'peacefully resolved' after suspect barricades themself in Charlottesville house

An FBI operation in Charlottesville entered its second day Wednesday morning, culminating in an unidentified person barricading themself inside a Martha Jefferson residence.

Charlottesville police, who have been working with federal agents, told The Daily Progress that negotiations ensued between the person inside a house on St. Charles Avenue and agents outside before the incident was resolved shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday.

“The situation has been peacefully resolved and the suspect is in custody,” Charlottesville police spokesman Kyle Ervin told The Daily Progress.

The negotiation never posed any threat to school or public safety in the area, according to Ervin.

The identity of the individual in the St. Charles residence has not been released and details are scant regarding what even prompted an FBI operation in Charlottesville Tuesday afternoon. The FBI or police are expected to share information with more detail.

The FBI first arrived at the scene early Tuesday afternoon, in what FBI spokeswoman Leslie McClane called “court-authorized law enforcement activity.”

When The Daily Progress was on the scene Tuesday, one bystander said they heard a loud bang inside the house. Around 2:30 p.m., The Daily Progress witnessed agents entering and exiting a side door of the house for several minutes before emerging with an infant wrapped in a jacket at 2:43 p.m. An agent handed the child to a woman standing on the roadside who placed it in an unmarked vehicle.


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