Standoff with Armed Man Prompts Thanksgiving Evacuation in Ashburn

An Ashburn man suspected of shooting through the wall of his neighbor’s home is in custody following an hours-long Thanksgiving day standoff with Loudoun deputies yesterday.

Deputies initially responded to MacGlashan Terrace home in Ashburn’s Belmont Greene neighborhood around 8:40 a.m. Nov. 28 after a resident reported finding a discharged round from a firearm had entered the home through a shared wall with another residence. The shooting is believed to have occurred the previous night.

When deputies made contact with the next door neighbor, he became disorderly and refused commands to exit the home. Members of the agency’s Crisis Negotiations Team established contact with the subject who was seen carrying a firearm inside the home. Eventually, the man exited the home and was taken into custody.

Bernard R. Ofori, 30, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless handling of a firearm. He was held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiations Unit, the Special Operations Section, the Criminal Investigations Division, K-9 Unit, and Patrol responded to the scene and secured the area.

Several residents in adjacent homes were evacuated to Belmont Station Elementary School as a precaution.

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