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Robbery suspect in Tazewell County has brief standoff with police

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A robbery suspect has 40 minute standoff with deputies in Tazewell County A robbery suspect has 40 minute standoff with deputies in Tazewell County
Joann Brown has standoff with police while deputies try to serve her a warrant for robbery of a store in Tazewell County Joann Brown has standoff with police while deputies try to serve her a warrant for robbery of a store in Tazewell County
TAZEWELL COUNTY (WVVA) A woman suspected of robbing a Tazewell County convenience store has a brief standoff with police.

According to Sheriff Brian Hieatt, deputies arrived at the home of Joann Brown, 39, on Laurel Creek Road in Boissevain, VA Thursday afternoon to serve a warrant for the July robbery of the Crazy Horse 2 store on Boissevain Road. Hieatt says Brown opened the door and quickly slammed it when she realized who they were. A short time later, deputies heard the sound of a gun being fired. However, they could see Brown though a window and she did not appear to be injured.

A crisis negotiator with the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office was called-in. The standoff ended about 40 minutes later. Officers found shotgun shells in Brown's pocket when she was arrested.

"She's being charged with grand larceny, wearing a mask in commission of a felony, and breaking and entering.  But because of what happened today there is also going to have to be an additional charge of shooting in an occupied dwelling where she shot the shotgun inside the residence," says Sheriff Brian Hieatt.

 Hieatt says the investigation is ongoing. Brown is being held in Southwest Regional Jail in Tazewell.
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