Crime News __Featured Slider — 26 January 2012
UPDATED: Police wrap up investigation into Thursday’s standoff

What began as a possible police standoff ended quietly Thursday afternoon after the department’s special operations team entered an empty public housing unit in the Hopkins-Tancil neighborhood.

Police received an anonymous report of a gunshot fired inside the 306 Hopkins Court house earlier in the day. Authorities clamped down on the neighborhood, diverting traffic around the block, and brought in their heavily armed special operations team. Residents in nearby Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority buildings were evacuated and others were told to stay inside.

But when officers broke into the home shortly before 2 p.m. – following repeated demands for anyone inside to give themselves up – they found no one, said Ashley Hildebrandt, department spokeswoman. There was no evidence of any crime committed and officers do not believe there is a gunman on the lose, she said.

Authorities wrapped up their investigation into the incident Thursday afternoon, Hildebrandt said. She did not know if detectives were looking into the individual behind the anonymous tip.

The incident occurred in a neighborhood familiar to many in the department. Two officers – Cpl. Charles Hill and Officer Andrew Chelchowski – were shot during a hostage crisis in the 300 block of Hopkins Court in March 1989. Hill, suffering a gunshot wound to the head, died shortly afterward. Chelchowski was wounded and died in 1993.

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(5) Readers Comments

  1. Thank you for the information. We work in the area and saw all of the activity but couldn’t find out any information until you sent a Tweet about it. THANK YOU! Let’s hope this ends well for everyone.

  2. We need more affordable housing in old town. That would prevent this from happening again.

  3. I would like to add to the story as a homeowner near the court…that we were not told anything. When we asked the police they said there was a dangerous situation…nothing about staying in our house and possible gunshots.

  4. I fail to see how it’s relevant that there was a police shooting not far away–23 years ago. Also, this entire incident–a complete non-event blown vastly out of proportion by overzealous officers (who didn’t even properly inform nearby residents)–is typical of Alexandrians’ tendency to get worked up over, literally, nothing.

  5. What in the world does this incident (an unconfirmed report of a shot having been fired) have to do with affordable housing?

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