Police Standoff at Lake Monticello Ends, Suspect in Custody

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An incident that began as a reported assault in Charlottesville and turned into a police standoff in Fluvanna County is now over, with the suspect in custody.

Charlottesville police say it started with a domestic dispute that turned violent on Sheridan Avenue in Charlottesville around 2:30 p.m. Friday. They say 23-year-old James L. Kardos hit a 24-year-old woman with a blunt object.  

After the incident, Kardos fled the scene.  The woman was treated at The University of Virginia Medical Center and has since been released.

Lake Monticello police located Kardos at a home on Clark Court, inside the Lake Monticello gated community in Fluvanna.   Kardos refused to leave the house.  Police say he was in the house alone and had at least one firearm.

Nearby houses were evacuated and residents were directed to the Lake Monticello clubhouse.

Fluvanna County police came in to take over and the Virginia State Police were called in for assistance. Fluvanna County brought out its mobile command center.  Although no one else was inside the house, hostage negotiators talked to Kardos throughout the evening.

Around 7:30 p.m., Kardos fired a single gunshot. No one was injured.  Just before 9 p.m. a loud boom, which police say was part of a tactical plan to make contact, was also heard.

Around 12:45 a.m., police entered the home and took Kardos into custody without incident. He was transported to the Charlottesville Police Department to face several felony charges.  Additional charges in Fluvanna are pending.