Henrico man arrested following armed standoff in New Kent


New Kent County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in an armed standoff with a Henrico man that lasted over an hour Friday evening, according to New Kent County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident took place on New Kent Highway, west of the Tunstall Road intersection and ended without any injuries and the man under arrest, according to police.

Richard Cameron Custalow, of Sandston, is facing seven charges in New Kent, including brandishing a firearm, felonious assault on a law enforcement officer and obstruction of justice, according to police.

According to New Kent County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy stopped a truck for a traffic violation on New Kent Highway around 7:12 p.m. During the stop, the deputy discovered the driver, Custalow, was wanted in Henrico for failure to appear in court.

Custalow refused to get out of the vehicle when asked and then pointed a pistol at the deputy. The deputy retreated for cover as Custalow exited his vehicle with the pistol as a second deputy arrived on scene, according to police.

The two deputies ordered Custalow to surrender the pistol, he then placed the pistol to his head.

Additional law enforcement units arrived on scene and continued negotiations with Custalow for over an hour. Custalow was then taken into custody around 8:20 p.m.

Eastbound traffic on New Kent Highway was stopped approximately half a mile west of the scene and westbound traffic was diverted to the Tunstall Road roundabout, according to police.

Custalow’s additional four charges include possession of a concealed weapon, failure to obey commands of a law enforcement officer, driving on a revoked license and failure to yield the right of way, according to police.

Custalow is being held without bond at Henrico County Jail East pending an appearance in New Kent County Circuit Court Tuesday morning.

“The situation could have ended so much different if not for the heroic actions of the deputies on scene,” New Kent County Sheriff Joe McLaughlin said in a statement. “I am very pleased that no one was injured and that the matter was resolved in a positive fashion.”

“We unfortunately had to disrupt traffic in the area during the incident, but the ultimate safety of the citizens in the area and those on the scene required it,” McLaughlin said in the statement. “I am proud of the actions of the members of our office and very appreciative of the assistance provided by the Virginia State Police and New Kent Fire-Rescue.”

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