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Barricaded man denied bond after seven-hour standoff

A man charged with multiple felony counts after a lengthy standoff with law enforcement over the weekend made his initial appearance in Fluvanna County General District Court Monday (May 1).

Judge Claude V. Worrell ordered that Joe Kain Roach, Jr., of Scottsville, remain held at Central Virginia Regional Jail without bond in a brief morning hearing.

The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 7:47 p.m. Saturday (April 29) of a man “shooting at his neighbors and shooting into an occupied dwelling” in the 200 block of Hardware Hills Circle near Scottsville, said Capt. David Wells at a press conference Sunday (April 30).

Wells said Roach, 45, brandished his rifle at deputies when they arrived and retreated into his residence. Accompanied by officers from Scottsville and Albemarle County, deputies secured the building and got Roach’s wife to safety. An unidentified juvenile remained in the house, Wells said.

After several hours, a crisis negotiation team from Albemarle County convinced Roach to surrender at around 1 a.m., Wells said. He was arrested “without any incident,” according to a sheriff’s office press release.

A woman in a neighbor’s home sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The juvenile was unharmed. More than 50 law enforcement officers from Fluvanna, Albemarle, Scottsville, and the Virginia State Police were involved in the standoff; none were injured, according to Wells.

The sheriff’s office executed a search warrant on Roach’s home and seized “firearms and other evidence,” according to a sheriff’s office press release.

Roach was booked into Central Virginia Regional Jail on felony charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, maliciously discharging a firearm, and assault and battery on a law enforcement officer. On May 1 he was also charged with aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and an additional assault and battery on a law enforcement officer.

It is not yet clear to investigators what caused what seemed to be “an unprovoked event,” Wells said. Deputies were previously dispatched to the residence about two months ago for a domestic situation, according to Wells.

Roach was assigned a court-appointed attorney. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 6 at 9:30 a.m.