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Barricade ends with 2 deputies, man shot

By PORTSIA SMITH

A nearly 14-hour police standoff ended with two deputies and a Spotsylvania County man being shot.

According to Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, authorities responded to the 10300 block of Gordon Road around noon Saturday to serve an emergency committment order to 61-year-old Michael Antosh.

Upon arrival of police, Pearce said Antosh barricaded himself and threatened deputies with a high-powered rifle. He described Antosh as being depressed and very unhappy with life.

“At that point, the Emergency Response Team and crisis negotiators responded in an effort to keep him from hurting himslef or anyone else,” Pearce said. Personnel from Stafford County and Fredericksburg also assisted.

During the nearly 14-hour negotiation, Pearce said Antosh was very uncooperative and negotiation efforts were met with negative results.

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Antosh exited his residence with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle and began firing at deputies, Pearce said.

A shootout began and during the exchange, two Stafford County deputies were wounded and Antosh was also critically wounded, Pearce said.

The two deputies were transported to Mary Washington Hospital where they were treated and listed in stable condition.

Antosh was also transported to the same hospital where he was undergoing surgery and was listed in critical condition.

The Spotsylvania sheriff’s office’s criminal investigative division is investigating the incident.

Pearce said deputies were obtaining arrest warrants for Antosh this morning for numerous felony charges.

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