East Stone Gap man arrested after four-hour standoff

Mike Still • Dec 27, 2019 at 7:09 PM

EAST STONE GAP — A four-hour standoff between an East Stone Gap man and law enforcement ended without violence Friday.

Christopher Michael Anderson, 36, 3932 Tate Springs Road, was arrested on a capias for probation violation after his wife filed for a protective order Wednesday, according to Wise County Sheriff-elect Grant Kilgore.

Kilgore said a Virginia State Police armored vehicle and crew joined a sheriff’s department tactical response team at Anderson’s residence Friday after a Circuit Court judge issued the capias.

Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp III said that Anderson had been on 12 months’ probation since Nov. 6, when he was sentenced to three years on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery on a family member, brandishing a firearm and reckless handling of a firearm. The judge suspended 34 months of that sentence.

Those charges, Slemp said, stemmed from a Jan. 26 incident during which Anderson hit and choked his wife and fired a gun inside their residence.

Slemp said that Anderson, an Iraqi war veteran, had been undergoing counseling from the Veterans Administration before a Christmas Day disturbance at the family’s residence when he allegedly started drinking.

Kilgore said negotiators were able to convince him to surrender without incident, and officers seized four weapons from the residence. Anderson’s wife and three children were at a relative’s home during the incident, Kilgore said.

“I’m glad no one was hurt and that we were able to end it peacefully,” Kilgore said.