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Barricade situation prompts school lockdown, closes major road

UPDATE (12:15 p.m.): State police have identified the man taken into custody in the barricade situation as David Allen Cole, 42, of Culpeper. He’s an employee of Skyline Restorations, the business where the incident took place. Police say five shots were fired during the incident, but there were no injuries. The suspect surrendered to police and was taken in for mental evaluation, police said at a noon press conference.

UPDATE (10:51 a.m.): State police say someone was taken into custody and that all lanes of U.S. 29 reopened at 10:30 a.m. A noon press conference has been scheduled.


A reported barricade situation just south of Madison County High School has closed U. S. 29 in both directions.
The situation began this morning about 8:30 with the report of an “active shooter” but that was later changed to “a barricade situation.” It remains unclear whether shots were actually fired.
Since the incident was within one mile of a school, Madison County High School was reportedly put on lockdown.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police also closed U.S. 29.
While, according to VDOT, traffic has been rerouted along back roads, there are reports of backups for several miles in each direction.