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HCSO Responds to Hostage Standoff involving Arson Suspect
Hanover, Va – At approximately 5:12 a.m. on January 23, 2024, the Hanover County Sheriff's Office responded to 10427 Rapidan Way involving a barricaded individual and a hostage situation.
The initial call was made by a 30-year-old female reporting that her estranged husband entered the property, armed with a firearm, and was spreading gasoline both inside and outside the residence. Concurrently, two roommates from the same address contacted 911 with similar reports.
Deputies arrived on scene within minutes of the call being received. They successfully established communication with the suspect, identified as Cedric Lamont Smith, 47, of Glen Allen. Smith permitted two roommates to exit the residence but retained his estranged wife as a hostage.
Initial responding deputies established a secure perimeter. The Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, along with the Crisis Negotiation Team, were then promptly deployed to the scene.
Continuous communication between Smith and the Hanover Negotiators led to the release of the hostage at approximately 9:30 a.m. As Smith released the victim, he took his own life inside the residence. The Hanover SWAT team entered the residence and confirmed Smith had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hanover Fire and EMS officially pronounced Smith deceased at 9:35 a.m.
During this operation, a potential connection was made between the Smith and a separate incident at a nearby commercial property in the 9800 block of Atlee Commons Drive. Fire Marshall’s with Hanover County Fire and EMS are still investigating a fire which was reported at 4:58 a.m., at this location.
In response to today’s events, Sheriff David R. Hines stated, “I want to thank the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office for their professionalism and dedication to this community. I also would like to thank Hanover County Fire and EMS for their assistance and professionalism handling a dangerous HAZMAT situation. Further, I want to express my gratitude to the Richmond Police Department for their partnership and resources they provided. Finally, I want to express my sincere appreciation to those in the community who were affected by today’s events. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this tragic incident."
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also download the “P3 Tips” app for their mobile device to submit their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.