Botetourt County authorities charged a Fincastle man with brandishing a firearm after a two-hour standoff Tuesday outside a home on Big Springs Road.

John A. McCarty Sr., 55, is being held without bond at the Botetourt-Craig County Regional Jail.

Deputies responded to the house just before 7 a.m. after dispatch received a 911 call about a domestic situation, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. The call was disconnected before dispatch could get more details.

A man met arriving deputies outside the home with a .22-caliber air rifle and asked them to leave his property. As more police units arrived, McCarty came in and out of the house and used a parked vehicle for cover to retrieve a crossbow.

He went inside at 7:30 a.m. and refused to come out. He loaded the crossbow and placed it in a window and held the firearm while making threats toward the officers.

The deputies took cover and negotiated with him. At 9:15 a.m., he left the house.

McCarty was arrested on charges for brandishing a firearm and willfully or maliciously preventing or obstructing one from summoning law enforcement, according to the news release.

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Alison Graham covers Botetourt and Rockbridge counties and Lexington. She’s originally from Indianapolis and a graduate of Indiana University.

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