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Hearing is set in standoff shootout
A Spotsylvania County man facing four counts of attempted capital murder after a police shootout that ended a lengthy standoff is expected to have a court hearing later this month.
Michael Smith Antosh, 61, is still in intensive care at Mary Washington Hospital recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, Spotsylvania authorities say.
Antosh is not expected to appear at the Sept. 23 arraignment in Spotsylvania General District Court. He will be represented by an attorney. Antosh was served at the hospital with four counts each of attempted capital murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony on Wednesday.
Authorities responded to the 10300 block of Gordon Road around noon on Aug. 31 to serve an emergency custody order on Antosh, said Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Sheriff’s Office. The custody order signed by a judge required that he be placed in a mental-health facility for 72 hours for a medical evaluation. Antosh shares the home with his wife, who was not home at the time, authorities said.
When police arrived that Saturday, Antosh barricaded himself in his home and threatened deputies with a high-powered rifle, Pearce said. He described Antosh as being depressed.
During the nearly 14-hour standoff, Antosh was uncooperative and negotiation efforts did not progress, Pearce said.
Antosh is accused of starting to shoot from inside his residence around 2:30 a.m. the next day, then coming outside with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle and continuing to fire at deputies, Pearce said. Police returned fire.
During the exchange, two Stafford deputies were wounded and Antosh was critically wounded, Pearce said. Two other deputies were shot at, but not injured.
The two Stafford deputies were transported to Mary Washington Hospital, where they were treated and released the same day. Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said the two deputies are both on paid medical leave.
The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigative Division is investigating the incident.
Pearce said he cannot discuss the details of why an emergency custody order was served on Antosh. He said there is no history of police being called for him or to that home.
Michelle Wagaman, public information officer for the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, said if family members or others believe that an individual is mentally ill and represents a danger, either to himself or others, or is unable to care for his basic needs, they may seek an emergency custody order from a court official.
An emergency custody order permits law enforcement personnel to transport the individual to a designated location—usually the emergency room of the local hospital—for a face-to-face assessment by an Emergency Services therapist, Wagaman said. The therapist will then determine if the individual meets the criteria for a Temporary Detention Order, which requires that an individual be admitted to an inpatient psychiatric facility on an involuntary basis.
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