Virginia home explodes as police approach trigger-happy resident with search warrant

Police attempted to execute a search warrant Monday at a residential complex in suburban Washington, D.C., when a man allegedly barricaded himself in the area and fired flares into the area. But before officers could enter, an explosion blew the building skyward.

according to Arlington County Police sent officers to the 800 block of North Burlington Street in Bluemont around 4:45 p.m. Monday after receiving a report of a possible shooting.

Officers learned at the scene that the suspect allegedly fired an estimated 30 to 40 smoke bombs into the surrounding area. Fortunately, no one was injured and no property was damaged as a result of the flare gun fire.

Police quickly obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s home. Officers attempted to communicate with the suspect by phone and loudspeaker before approaching. However, police said the suspect did not respond and “remained barricaded in the residence.”

Unable to make contact with the suspect, police prepared to execute a search warrant and make entry. However, when they first tried to do so, the suspect allegedly fired a shot, this time with what appeared to be a gun.

Neighbor Alex Wilson, who filmed the incident from the roof of his home, said:
Said WTTG-TV reported that barricaded residents fired at police with what appeared to be high-powered weapons.

“At least three hours later, we saw the SWAT truck arrive. As the SWAT truck arrived, we thought, ‘Oh, things are escalating at that point,'” Wilson said. .

Police reportedly continued to urge the suspects inside to come out, but their pleas were to no avail.

“The man inside was unresponsive, so police drove a SWAT truck through the front door and shots were fired,” Watson said.

Initial attempts at a frontal breakthrough were ineffective, so the tactical team turned the vehicle around and attempted to break through the window.

“As the SWAT team was making their way to the window, that’s when the whole place erupted,” Wilson added.

At 8:25 p.m., a house exploded, injuring three police officers. None of the officers required hospital treatment.

Video of the incident shows fire shooting out the side of the two-story brick home, sending a cloud of debris through the building’s facade and throwing the roof and much of the interior hundreds of feet into the air. . Car alarms go off and burning debris rains down in smoke.

Carla Rodriguez of South Arlington said she heard the explosion more than two miles away.
report Associated Press.

“I actually thought the plane had exploded,” Rodriguez said.

Blake Thompson, another nearby resident, told WTTG, “At first I thought it was a sonic boom, but then I looked out the window and I kind of saw something burning in the sky. It was ash. It looked like it was, but of course it was quite far away, so it was probably rubble.”

A neighboring house was reportedly nearly destroyed in the explosion. Several nearby homes also lost power.

The Arlington County Fire Department responded to the scene and was able to extinguish the fire by approximately 10:30 p.m.

ACFD spokesman Capt. Nate Heiner said the cause of the explosion is not yet clear. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other federal agents are also participating in the investigation.

Police have not yet identified a suspect, but both WTTG and local news website say public records suggest a man named James W. Yu is connected to the residence. He pointed out thatMr. Yu’s
LinkedIn pagewas removed overnight, indicating that he was previously a landlord and also worked in telecommunications and security.

It is unclear whether Wu was at home at the time of the explosion or involved in the incident.

Mr. Yu’s
YouTube channel Various details legal complaint He apparently applied in recent years. Documents shared in many videos showed his address as 844 N. Burlington Street.

In a Nov. 3 video, Wu shared images of his interactions with various attorneys and federal officials regarding a complaint alleging that Rochester General Hospital unlawfully held him against his will for five days. The letter indicates that those who allegedly detained him did so by citing:
State Law Allows for the temporary detention of mentally vulnerable individuals who are at risk of harm to themselves or others.

Apparently, he was convinced that LinkedIn was suppressing his content (including Woo’s)
suggestion Wu blamed his poor treatment by police and the government on “the white man’s ways,” and criticized former President Donald Trump, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, among others. He shared videos of various posts that have since been deleted.

The “About” section of his YouTube page says, “I gave them/you every opportunity to ‘do the right thing,’ but what I see is American hypocrisy, corruption, fraud, and conspiracy. , just Chicken Shut… #NoneOfTheAbovePARTY #Monty Brewsterish “The United States is the world’s biggest terrorist” (N. Chomsky, ~2015).

“This man has been locked up for years,” Wilson said. “He has his windows down and no one has really seen him in years.”

ACPD spokesperson Ashley Savage said:
Said “The suspect’s condition is unknown as we do not have access to his home at this time,” the New York Times said.

Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.)
I have written “This is very, very scary. We are deeply grateful to the first responders who are working hard to keep our communities safe and keep everyone safe.”

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