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The psychiatric evaluation was requested by Bill Martin Long Jr.'s attorney, Jeff Dorsey.
Bill Long Jr.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
The Roanoke County man charged with engaging SWAT teams in a nearly 12-hour standoff remains in a state hospital undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, officials said.
Bill Martin Long Jr., 47, was transferred from the Roanoke County-Salem Jail on July 19, three days after his arrest, according to online records.
Roanoke County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Leach said Long is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Central State Hospital in Petersburg at the request of his attorney, Jeff Dorsey.
Dorsey confirmed his request for the evaluation earlier in the month. He has since not returned calls requesting comment.
Leach said it’s not uncommon for such evaluations to take several weeks or longer.
Long is charged with felony abduction, use of a firearm in a felony and misdemeanor brandishing of a firearm. Police have said he held his wife and a neighbor hostage for several hours on July 16 in his home in the 200 block of Orlando Avenue before releasing them and stonewalling heavily armed police officers for half a day.
The standoff ended in the early morning hours of July 17 after police fired three volleys of tear gas into Long’s home and he peacefully surrendered.
According to a search warrant filed in Roanoke County Circuit Court, Long told a police negotiator during the standoff that he had several firearms in his possession as well as the “ability to blow up the entire block with explosives using ether.”
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