Man in wheelchair surrenders after Va. standoffPaula is of the belief, since this "Gator" character has an extensive criminal record, that this was an effort on his part to be sent back to prison where he can get three square meals a day. And he's in luck; committing a terrorist act against a federal property will get him just that.
By Mitch Weiss, Associated Press
Wytheville, Va. (AP) - A disabled man in a wheelchair who authorities say held three people for more than eight hours inside a small-town Virginia post office surrendered to police after freeing the hostages unharmed.
Warren "Gator" Taylor of Sullivan County, Tenn., was being questioned and authorities did not have a motive, state police Sgt. Michael Conroy said.
The standoff began at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after Taylor, who has an artificial leg, pushed the wheelchair into the one-story post office in the mountain town of Wytheville in western Virginia, state police said. Shots were fired soon after Taylor entered the building, but no one was injured and at least two of the hostages were able to call family or friends.
About 8 1/2 hours later, authorities ordered the suspect to come out. The three hostages walked out first and Taylor followed, this time sitting in the wheelchair. Dozens of SWAT members surrounding the building armed with automatic weapons did not have to fire a shot. [link]
What a weird story.
But everyone's safe. Thank God.