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Suspicious Packages Found at Home of Roanoke Co. Standoff


Roanoke Co., VA - Roanoke County investigators had to call in the bomb squad Tuesday after they say they found suspicious packages at the scene of a 12 hour standoff.

State Police sent a mobile lab and bomb technicians to the home on Orlando Avenue to take a look at the packages Tuesday morning. They were later determined to be harmless.

Police came across them as they were searching the home of Bill Long, Junior, 47.

Police say Long gave himself up early Tuesday morning after they finally fired tear gas into his home.

The standoff began just before 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, after a man called 911 claiming that Long had been holding him and Long's ex-wife at gunpoint.

A police spokesman says the negotiations were very difficult.

"At various times he cut off communications; wouldn't talk to the officers at all. They stayed with it. Eventually they would get him back talking again and it would shut down again. It was back and forth," said Assistant Roanoke County Police Chief Chuck Mason.

Police have not released what started the standoff

Long is charged with a misdemeanor firearms charge and felony abduction.

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