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FCSO responds to shots fired barricade situation

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports responding to a shots fired and barricade situation in Stephens City on Nov.16.

Shortly after 5 p.m. FCSO Deputies responded to shots
being fired inside a residence at 400 Westmoreland Drive.

All
other occupants of the home were able to evacuate safely leaving the shooter alone
in the house.

The subject continued to fire shots despite attempts to get him to
surrender.

Neighboring homes were evacuated and streets were shutdown with
additional law enforcement arriving to assist.

The shooter was identified by family
members as 45-year-old Daren Eugene Sullivan who was believed to be under the
influence of alcohol and upset about an undisclosed domestic matter.

Over the next
several hours Sullivan would continue to fire shots randomly inside the home.

At
one point some shots appeared to be directed towards two Deputies along with
Sullivan saying he might do harm to himself.

Over time Shots continued to be fired
but less frequently.

Sullivan would occasionally speak to Authorities when he would
answer the phone or respond to them, but he continued to refuse to surrender.

Eventually non-lethal gas was used then a robotic camera device and drone found
Sullivan appeared to be incapacitated.

A SWAT team entered the home at
approximately 10:20 p.m. and found Sullivan laying on the floor unresponsive and
took him into custody without further incident.

Sullivan was transported to
Winchester Medical Center for evaluation.

Criminal charges are expected pending
consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

FCSO Deputies saw assistance from Virginia State Police, Warren
County Sheriff’s Office as well as Middletown and Stephens City Police
Departments.

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