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Police threat ends in arrest

With sirens wailing, Sheriff’s investigators and Virginia State Police cars sped down Highway 501 on Saturday afternoon shortly before 5 p.m. enroute to Denniston Road responding to a report of a man threatening to shoot the first officer who approached him.

According to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark, 23-year-old Mickey A. Anderson Jr. of German Creek Road told an E-911 dispatcher he had a loaded gun in his possession and would use it to shoot any police officer who approached him.

Police did not take the threat lightly as State Police Officer D. H. Hess was joined by Sheriff’s Investigators Craig Spencer, Tom Lewis, T. A. Mocarsky and Jeff Burton along with Cpl. Patrick Clayton and Deputy J. O. Tanner responding to Denniston Road near Harmony Road where Anderson said he was located.

Not finding the suspect on Denniston Road, Clark said authorities searched Bold Springs Road and German Creek Road.

Trooper Hess spotted Anderson walking along German Creek Road.

“He was walking toward him on German Creek Road,” Clark said, noting Anderson was not carrying a gun at the time.

Clayton quickly arrived to assist Hess, the sheriff said.

“It was just a big, little mess,” according to Clark who said Anderson was charged with being drunk in public. “That’s not a threat you take lightly.”

The sheriff said Anderson told officers the firearm, a 9 mm pistol, was located in the woods nearby where authorities seized the weapon.

Following his arrest, Anderson was transported to Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

An investigation is continuing, the sheriff said.

“Thank goodness no one got hurt,” Clark added.