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Police used tear gas to make an arrest in an barricade situation in a Lake Ridge townhome Wednesday night, ending an hours-long standoff that closed some area roads.

Police made the announcement via Twitter at about 7:45 p.m. that an arrest had been made and that “CS gas,” or tear gas, had been used to take an unidentified person into custody.

Prince William County police have released few details about the incident, which occurred in the 3900 block of Marquis Place.

There was one person in the home during the standoff, according to Officer Renee Carr, spokeswoman for the Prince William County Police Department.

The incident began early in the afternoon and was not resolved until Wednesday evening.

Police warned that residents may experience residual effects of the chemical agent.

Typical effects of tear gas include burning, watery sensation in the eyes, difficulty breathing, chest pain, excessive saliva and skin irritation, according to online resources. 

Police, however, said there is “no risk to public health” and that police will remain in the area as the investigation continues. Neighbors were aware of the situation. It’s not clear if neighboring properties were evacuated during the incident.

This is a developing story. Stay with PrinceWilliamTimes.com for updates.


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