Press release from Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office:
At approximately 12:00pm, yesterday, Deputies from the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 10300 block of Gordon Road to serve an Emergency Commitment Order on a subject identified as Michael Antosh, 61 years of age. Upon arrival, Deputies attempted to make contact with the subject. Mr. Antosh barricaded himself in the residence and threatened the deputies with a large caliber firearm.
The Emergency Response Team, ERT, from Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and the Crisis Negotiation Team, CNT, responded to the location in an attempt to keep Mr. Antosh from harming himself or anyone else. The CNT negotiators attempted to communicate with Mr. Antosh for several hours, with very little success. Mr. Antosh was highly agitated and made numerous threats toward law enforcement and others. The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, ERT and Negotiators also responded to the location to lend assistance in what had become a largely protracted operation. The Fredericksburg Police Department also sent officers to assist with perimeter control.
At approximately 2:30am, this morning, Mr. Antosh began firing at Deputies from inside and outside the residence. Deputies responded with return fire. During the ensuing exchange, two Stafford County Deputies were wounded. Mr. Antosh was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire.
Both of the Stafford County Deputies were transported to Mary Washington Hospital and are listed in stable condition. Mr. Antosh was also transported by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital, where he is undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds. He is listed in critical condition.
Detectives from the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office CID Division are conducting the investigation into the shooting incident. Felony charges against Mr. Antosh may be pending, later today, as the case progresses.Sheriff Roger L. Harris of Spotsylvania County and Sheriff Charles E. Jett of Stafford County have communicated during and after the arrest operation and have commended the bravery of the deputies, from both agencies, involved in the capture of Mr. Antosh. Sheriff Harris noted, “You hope something like this never happens, but you always prepare for when it does. The bravery and professionalism shown by the Deputies from our two agencies is a testament to the professionalism and the high degree of dedication of these young men and women in helping to keep our communities safe”.