Arrest made after Christiansburg barricade situation, no injuries reported

Happened in the 100 block of Hunters Ridge Road, police say

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The Christiansburg Police Department has released more information after a barricade situation Friday afternoon in Christiansburg.

Authorities said at around 2:20 p.m., police received a call from the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force after a person barricaded himself inside a home.

We’re told the Task Force was attempting to serve an arrest warrant to Joseph Penn, 34, of Christiansburg when he locked himself in the home at the 100 block of Hunter’s Ridge Rd.

According to police, law enforcement attempted to negotiate with Penn for more than two hours but he refused to surrender and broke off communication with law enforcement.

Police said at approximately 4:52 a.m., officers administered a chemical irritant. Penn came out of the barricade three minutes later and was taken into custody.

There were no injuries to Penn or officers, according to authorities.

Police said the original arrest warrant was issued for Capias that required Penn to return to court to re-instate a previously suspended sentence on a previously adjudicated felony. Additional charges may be forthcoming.


A person has been taken into custody after a barricade situation on Friday afternoon in Christiansburg.

Authorities at the scene told 10 News there were no injuries reported.

More details will be added once they become available.


There is a heavy police presence in the area of Cambria Street NW and Providence Blvd. NW in Christiansburg after authorities say a person barricaded themselves inside a home.

Authorities said at approximately 2:20 p.m., Christiansburg Police received a call from the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force after officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant, and the person barricaded themselves inside the home.

A heavy police presence can be seen in the area as officers try to negotiate with the person, who is believed to be the only one inside.

Stick with 10 News as this breaking news story develops.

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