New Kent County sheriff’s deputies were involved in an hourlong standoff with an armed man from Henrico County on Friday evening, authorities reported early Saturday.
The incident, which took place on New Kent Highway just west of Tunstall Road, ended without any injuries and the man’s arrest, the New Kent Sheriff’s Office said.
Richard Cameron Custalow, of the 4900 block of Gray Bark Court in Sandston, is facing several charges in New Kent, including felonious assault on a law enforcement officer and brandishing a firearm.
According to the New Kent Sheriff’s Office, a deputy stopped a truck on New Kent Highway for a traffic violation shortly before 7:15 p.m. During the stop, the deputy discovered that the driver, Custalow, was wanted in Henrico on a charge of failure to appear in court.
Custalow refused to exit the vehicle, and a struggle ensued. He pulled out a pistol and pointed it toward the deputy, who retreated for cover as Custalow exited his vehicle with the pistol and a second deputy arrived, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The two deputies ordered Custalow to surrender the pistol, but he placed the pistol to his head, authorities said. Eastbound traffic on New Kent Highway was stopped approximately a half-mile west of the scene, and westbound traffic was diverted at the Tunstall Road roundabout.
Additional law enforcement units arrived, and negotiations continued. Custalow was taken into custody just after 8:20 p.m.
“The situation could have ended so much different if not for the heroic actions of the deputies on scene,” New Kent Sheriff Joe McLaughlin said in a statement. “I am very pleased that no one was injured and that the matter was resolved in a positive fashion. We unfortunately had to disrupt traffic in the area during the incident, but the ultimate safety of the citizens in the area and those on the scene required it.
“I am proud of the actions of the members of our office and very appreciative of the assistance provided by the Virginia State Police and New Kent Fire Rescue.”
Custalow is also charged with possession of a concealed weapon, obstruction of justice, failure to obey the commands of a law enforcement officer, driving on a revoked license, and failure to yield the right of way.
He is being held with bail pending an appearance in New Kent Circuit Court on Tuesday.