UPDATE: WCSO: Abingdon standoff suspect charged with resisting arrest, held without bond

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10:24 a.m. UPDATE – The suspect arrested after a standoff in downtown Abingdon has been charged with resisting arrest and three counts of violations of probation.

According to the Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office, Christopher Tiller, 43 of Abingdon, is being held without bond at Southwest VA Regional Jail Authority.

Tiller is charged with resisting arrest, two felony probation violations out of Smyth County and one felony violation of probation out of Washington County.

Tiller was released from Red Onion State Prison three months ago.

3:08 a.m. UPDATE: The suspect involved in an hours-long standoff on Railroad Street in Abingdon is now in custody.

According to Washington County, Virginia Sheriff Fred Newman, suspect Christopher Tiller, 43 of Abingdon, is now in custody and at the Southwest Regional Jail in Abingdon after a nearly ten-hour long standoff near the Barter Theatre.

Newsman says no officers were injured over the course of the incident.

According to Sheriff Newman, tear gas was the primary tool used to flush Tiller out of the home, and authorities deployed 16 to 18 rounds of tear gas into the home.

Roads began reopening immediately following the conclusion of the standoff.

Sheriff Newman said this standoff was one of the sheriff’s office’s more lengthy instances and that a lot of manpower went into taking Tiller into custody.

Tiller was wanted for a violation of probation for the manufacturing of methamphetamine after being released from Red Onion State Prison three months ago.

The standoff began after authorities spoke briefly with Tiller over the phone, and he told authorities that he was not in the home. At the time, authorities had reason to believe Tiller was armed with a handgun.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Abingdon Police Department, Washington County Lifesaving Crew, Bristol Virginia SWAT Team and U.S. Marshals Service were involved in the standoff with Tiller.

Appalachian Power Company also assisted by cutting the power to the two-story building at the center of the standoff.

9:45 p.m. UPDATE: Some homes have been evacuated in Abingdon as authorities attempt to arrest a fugitive they believe is hiding inside a house.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Abingdon Police Department, and U.S. Marshals Service have surrounded a house on Railroad Street where they believe suspect Christopher Tiller is hiding.

Sheriff Fred Newman says they now have reason to believe that Tiller is armed with a .45 handgun.

Some homes close to the scene have been evacuated.

Newman says authorities are going to cut power to the house that Tiller may be hiding. He also says authorities will likely remain on the scene “for the duration.”


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ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL) — A section of downtown Abingdon has been blocked off as authorities are attempting to arrest a fugitive.

Washington County, Virginia Sheriff Fred Newman says federal and local authorities have surrounded a home along Railroad Street and believe that Christopher Tiller is inside.

Tiller, who was released from Red Onion State Prison about three months ago, is wanted for felony violation of probation for manufacturing methamphetamine, according to Newman.

The sheriff says authorities attempted to execute a search warrant at the home around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Police made contact with Tiller by telephone for a brief amount of time, during which he said he was not inside the house.

Police have deployed tear gas into the house at least three times.

Newman says Tiller is not currently a threat to the community based on the current situation and believes the suspect is the only person inside the house. He says the situation is “contained.”

According to the sheriff, the house is not Tiller’s residence.

The U.S. Marshals Service, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Abingdon Police Department are on the scene.

Newman said authorities are going to remain on scene for the time being.

This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com.

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