Armed Suicidal Subject

The Blacksburg Police responded to Briarwood Drive in reference to an emotionally disturbed person who made suicidal statements and armed himself with an assault style rifle. This resulted in a brief lock down of the Blacksburg High School and Middle School and a large police presence.

With the assistance of Virginia Tech Police, VSP, Christiansburg Police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, the subject 18 year old Garren William Bliss, was located in a rural section of Montgomery County. After a brief standoff, Mr. Bliss surrendered to police. Mr. Bliss was taken for a mental health evaluation and charges are pending.