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New Kent standoff ends with Sandston man taken into custody

By Community Member | February 2, 2019 9:00 am

A Sandston man is now in custody after an hour-long standoff with New Kent Sheriff’s Office ended Friday night.

Richard Cameron Custalow, of the 4900 block of Gray Bark Ct., was arrested on charges of one felony charge of assault on a law enforcement officers, and misdemeanor charges of brandishing a firearm, possession of a concealed weapon, obstruction of justice, failure to obey commands of a law enforcement officer, driving revoked, and failing to yield the right of way.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Feb. 1, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. During the stop, a New Kent deputy discovered Custalow was wanted out of Henrico for failing to appear in court. The driver refused to exit the vehicle and a struggle ensued. Custalow allegedly produced a pistol and pointed it at the deputy.

As the deputy retreated for cover, the driver exited the vehicle. A second deputy arrived on scene as the driver of the vehicle moved to the front of his vehicle and stopped approximately 30 feet from it. The two deputies issued commands to the driver to surrender and the driver placed the pistol at his head at that time.

Over the course of the next 70 minutes, traffic was diverted until additional units arrived on scene and negotiations continued with the driver. The driver was taken into custody at 8:22 p.m. without any injuries to the driver or to law enforcement personnel.

Custalow was transported to Henrico Jail East and is being held on the original charge and the other charges. He is scheduled to appear in New Kent Circuit Court in the upcoming future.