FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2024
CPD Locates Armed Subject in Belmont Neighborhood
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - This morning at approximately 6:39 a.m., our officers received several reports of a heavily armed male walking in the Belmont area carrying several rifles, including an AR-15-style rifle. Officers immediately responded to the area and were able to identify which house the person had come from. An initial investigation revealed that the individual seen with the rifles had made comments that led officers to believe that he was an immediate threat to the public at large.
Parts of our Emergency Response Unit immediately responded to the area and deployed drones and other resources to locate the individual. Communication was made through reverse 911, social media platforms, and the media to include the schools on a shelter in place.
As a result, officers were able to locate the individual, take custody of the firearms, and provide mental health services. We would like to thank our community for helping to maintain public safety by quickly notifying us of this matter. We greatly value your partnership.
Public Information Officer
City of Charlottesville