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Barricade ends with 2 deputies, man shot
By PORTSIA SMITH
A nearly 14-hour police standoff ended early this morning with two Stafford County deputies and a Spotsylvania County man being shot.
Authorities responded to the 10300 block of Gordon Road around noon Saturday to serve an emergency commitment order to 61-year-old Michael Antosh, Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said.
Upon arrival of police, Antosh barricaded himself and threatened deputies with a high-powered rifle, Pearce said. 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 himself or anyone else,” Pearce said. Personnel from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and Fredericksburg Police Department also assisted.
During the nearly 14-hour negotiation, Antosh was very uncooperative and negotiation efforts were met with negative results, Pearce said.
Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Antosh started firing from inside his residence and then came outside with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle and continued firing at deputies, Pearce said.
A shootout began and during the exchange, two Stafford 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 transported to the same hospital where he was undergoing surgery early this morning for gunshot wounds and was listed in critical condition.
The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigative Division is investigating the incident.
Spotsylvania deputies were obtaining arrest warrants for Antosh this morning for numerous felony charges, Pearce said.
Spotsylvania Sheriff Roger Harris and Stafford Sheriff Charles Jett communicated with deputies during and after the arrest operation and have commended the bravery of the deputies from both agencies who were involved in the incident.
“You hope something like this never happens, but you always prepare for when it does,” Harris said. “The bravery and professionalism shown by the deputies from our two agencies is a testament to the professionalism and the high degree of dedication of these young men and women in helping to keep our communities safe.”