Fincastle man arrested for brandishing firearm and crossbow as deputies respond to domestic situation

John A McCarty Sr.
Photo: Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office

According to the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office, at 6:56 a.m. this morning Botetourt deputies responded to Big Spring Road in Fincastle for a domestic situation where dispatch had received a 911 call that was disconnected while they attempted to get information on the situation.  The first deputies to arrive on the scene were met outside the residence by an agitated male subject, who was later identified as John A McCarty Sr., 55, of Fincastle.

McCarty retreated inside the home and came back out with what appeared to be a firearm, demanding that the deputies leave his property. This prompted the deputies on scene to ask for additional units to respond.

As other units arrived, McCarty came in and out of the home. using a parked vehicle as cover. At one point, McCarty retrieved a crossbow and took it back into the home.

Around 7:30 a.m., McCarty went into the home and refused to come out. While McCarty was inside the home, deputies observed him through a window holding what appeared to
be a firearm. He later made threats to shoot the deputies on the scene. McCarty also loaded the crossbow and placed it in window.

Deputies then took a position of cover and began negotiating with McCarty to come out. Deputies on scene, along with deputies from the dispatch center, where McCarty called in to demand that the deputies leave and asked that a federal agent respond to his location, negotiated with McCarty.

At 9:15 a.m., McCarty came out of residence and was placed in custody without further incident. After McCarty was placed in custody, deputies recovered the weapons, which included a .22-caliber air rifle and a crossbow.

McCarty was then transported to the Botetourt Craig County Regional Jail where he is being held for brandishing a firearm and willfully or maliciously preventing or obstructing one from summoning law enforcement.

He is being held at this time without bond.


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