Police use tear gas, robot to arrest Greensboro man in 9-hour standoff
Posted October 29, 2016
Greensboro, N.C. — Residents were evacuated from 60 dwellings near an apartment in Greensboro Friday night during a nine-hour standoff while police exchanged gunfire with a man wanted for committing multiple crimes.
Officers with the Greensboro Police Department arrested Vit Da Ha, 34, around 9 a.m. Saturday at the Carolina Woods apartment complex on N. O'Henry Blvd.
Detectives located Ha at his apartment Friday just before midnight.
Officials say Ha refused to comply with detectives' commands, threatening them verbally and with a firearm, before he barricaded himself in a ground floor apartment.
Over the next nine hours, police deployed tear gas 24 times into the apartment in efforts to force Ha to exit. Ha fired shots at least three times, and officers returned fire at least two times.
When the tear gas produced no result, officers used a robot to enter the apartment to locate Ha. When the robot became disabled, officers entered the unit and found Ha hiding in a room in the rear of the apartment. According to officials, Ha was taken into custody without further incident.
Officials evacuated residents and closed a portion of N. O’Henry Blvd. during the incident.
Ha was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Ha has active warrants for arrest from the Greensboro Police Department and from the Guilford County Sheriff's Department. Some charges against him include assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, discharge of a firearm in the city, robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempted murder.
Residents are returning to their homes Saturday while investigators process the scene.