Portsmouth fire­fighter charged in po­lice stand­off

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - Virginia -

PORTSMOUTH — A Vir­ginia fire­fighter was ar­rested last week af­ter a four-hour stand­off with po­lice.

Zachariah Ram­sey Burd, 33, was ar­rested Tues­day and faces charges of at­tempted cap­i­tal mur­der, use of a firearm in the com­mis­sion of a felony and mis­de­meanor reck­less han­dling of a firearm, The Vir­ginian-Pi­lot re­ported. Burd has been a Portsmouth fire­fighter for six years.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Burd made sui­ci­dal posts, and responding medics heard a gun­shot from in­side his house. Of­fi­cers then set up a perime­ter around the house and at­tempted to get Burd to speak with a ne­go­tia­tor. He re­fused to come out and be­came ex­tremely irate.

Portsmouth po­lice De­tec­tive Misty Hol­ley said Burd even­tu­ally emerged and fired sev­eral shots in the di­rec­tion of sur­round­ing of­fi­cers.

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