House Explodes as Police Attempt To Serve Search Warrant

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( – In Arlington, Virginia, a standoff with the police resulted in one home exploding. Arlington County Police stated that the officers rushed in after reports about shots being fired at a residence in the 800 block of N Burlington on Monday, December 4.

The preliminary investigation from the site has found that the suspect fired a flare gun around 30 to 40 times while inside the home. No police officers were severely injured during the incident.

The officers reportedly tried to get in touch with the suspect before entering the home. However, they were not able to get the suspect, who remained barricaded inside the residence, to respond.

At around 8:25 p.m., the law enforcement officers attempted to execute a search warrant of the home. That was when the suspect proceeded to discharge a number of rounds. It was moments after the rounds were fired that the home suddenly exploded.

The Arlington County Fire Department later stepped in to address the blaze. By 10:30 p.m., the fire was under control and the crews addressed some of the smaller spot fires. Some officers at the scene ended up suffering from minor injuries as a result of the incident. However, no one needed to be hospitalized.

On Monday night, there was a shelter-in-place order that had been issued for the community, but that was lifted the following morning. The explosion continues to be investigated by officers, although the suspect, identified as James Yoo, has been presumed dead. It’s been reported that he was the only person inside the house at the time of the explosion.

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