Culpeper Police Arrest Armed Barricaded Subject

On September 2, 2021 at approximately 6:42PM, the Culpeper County E-911 Center received a 911 call from a third-party caller about a man in a house in the 400-block E Chandler St with a gun.

According to the caller, the male subject, Torron Frieson, 44, of Alexandria, Virginia, did not belong in that house and was possibly under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

Through investigations it was determined that Frieson was a prior acquaintance of the homeowner.

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Prior to police being called, Frieson visited the home earlier in the day. He was not expected and he “let himself in” according to the press release.

Freison left and returned. It was during his second visit of the day that Frieson’s behavior escalated and he became paranoid.

Alcohol and/or narcotics are suspected contributing factors for his behavior.

During this period, Frieson brandished a firearm and refused to allow the homeowner to leave the residence.

However, after a brief period, the homeowner was able to leave the residence.

When the call came in to the Culpeper County E-911 Center at around 6:42 police were dispatched.

When officers arrived, the male subject pointed a firearm directly at them and then barricaded himself inside the residence.

“I want to thank our first responder partners for all of their help in bringing this lengthy, high-risk incident to a safe conclusion,” said Culpeper PD Chief Chris Jenkins. “From start to finish, this incident lasted over 10 hours.

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Officers immediately established a perimeter around the residence and Culpeper Police Department Captain Tim Chilton established an Incident Command Center.

Officers confirmed that no one else was inside the residence with the male subject and that he was possibly under the influence of narcotics. Nearby residences were evacuated as a precaution.

Mutual aid resources were sent by the Virginia State Police, Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office, Culpeper County Emergency Services. The Virginia State Police provided Culpeper Division Tactical Team, Fairfax Division Tactical Team, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Culpeper Field Office, and Area 15 personnel.

Additionally, Culpeper Police Department detectives and Drone Team members responded to the scene as well as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney.

When asked why the Commonwealth Attorney had to be there, Culpeper responded, “With the recent significant changes to the execution of nighttime search warrants, we preferred to have a CA on scene both for guidance and to answer any legal questions.”

Upon their arrival, Captain Chilton passed the incident command to Virginia State Police. State Police attempted to negotiate with the male subject for several hours. During that time, he caused extensive damage to the interior and exterior of the residence.

When negotiations were no longer viable, Virginia State Police deployed chemical munitions and robots into the residence. At that point, the male subject surrendered without any further issue. He was checked by EMS on scene but did not need to be transported to a hospital.

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As a result of the investigation, the Culpeper Police Department has charged Torron Frieson, 44, of Alexandria with:

  • One count of felony Abduction,
  • Felony Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony,
  • Felony Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun,
  • Felony Destruction of Property,
  • Two counts of misdemeanor Brandishing of a Firearm,
  • One count of misdemeanor Trespassing.

Frieson is being held at the Culpeper County Jail without bond.

Once Frieson was in custody, a late-night search warrant was signed by a judge to recover the involved weapon from the scene.

Victim/Witness services were contacted to provide any needed aid to the homeowner.

Culpeper Police Department Chief Chris Jenkins said, “When we asked for help, our partner law enforcement agencies didn’t hesitate to send us every resource they had available. This was also an unusual circumstance in that we had to have an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney on scene during an active incident.”

“I also want to thank all of the residents temporarily displaced last night for their cooperation and patience, Jenkins added. “I’m grateful for the peaceful resolution of this event.”

This is an active and on-going investigation.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Master Police Detective John Barone at 540-727-3430 extension 5530 or email tips@culpeperva.gov.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can submit tips by calling Culpeper Crime Solvers at 540-727-0300 or submitting a tip at culpeperpd.org

Attached Photo: Torron Frieson, 44, of Alexandria, Virginia (courtesy Fairfax County Police Department from May 7, 2020)

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