UPDATE: POLICE PRESS RELEASE
The CCSO has identified the man involved in the barricade on Pleasant View Place asJoseph Kendall Fryer, III, 44, of Newburg. Fryer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound as officers attempted to serve him an arrest warrant at his residence on May 7. The investigation is on-going.
On May 7 at 11:19 a.m., officers with the CCSO Warrant/Fugitive Unit were attempting to serve an arrest warrant in the 10500 block of Pleasant View Place in Newburg for a subject who was wanted in connection with two charges of driving while impaired. As officers were at the front door of the suspect’s house, they observed the suspect and attempted to have him surrender, but he refused. When officers attempted to go inside, they heard a gunshot. Officers backed away from the door and quickly set up a perimeter. As a precaution, Piccowaxen Middle School and Dr. Thomas Higdon Elementary School, which are in the vicinity, were placed on a “shelter-in-place” status meaning no one was allowed to enter or leave the building unless it was controlled by a sheriff’s officer.
The CCSO Emergency Services Team and a CCSO negotiator responded and attempted to establish contact with the suspect. At approximately 2 p.m., officers made entry into the house and found the suspect deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A gun was recovered on the scene. The suspect’s name is being withheld pending notification to his next-of-kin. The investigation is continuing.
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