- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a Virginia firefighter has been arrested following a four-hour standoff with police.

The Virginian-Pilot reports 33-year-old Zachariah Ramsey Burd was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of attempted capital murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and misdemeanor reckless handling of a firearm. Burd has been a Portsmouth firefighter for six years.

According to court documents, Burd made suicidal posts and responding medics heard a gunshot from inside his house. Officers then set up a perimeter around the house and attempted to get Burd to speak with a negotiator. He refused to come out and became extremely irate.


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Portsmouth police Detective Misty Holley says Burd eventually emerged and fired several shots in the direction of surrounding officers.

Court documents don’t name an attorney for Burd.



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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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