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Man in custody after barricading himself in home, calling in fake bomb threats

Updated: Mar 12, 2020

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NC – Deputies have taken Joseph Linwood Irving into custody following a nearly nine hour long negotiation after he barricaded himself inside a home on Wednesday.

During the standoff, deputies say they believe Irving was responsible for calling in bomb threats to all of the high schools, and several government buildings in Rockingham County.

All Rockingham County Schools underwent a lock-down of their respective facilities as a precautionary measure.

The sheriff's office said the threatened schools were searched, the threats were determined to be non-credible and normal operations were resumed.

The local government facilities underwent a similar process.

At approximately 4:45 p.m., Irving was taken into custody.

Joseph Irving is currently charged with three counts of misdemeanor cyberstalking, felony assault with a deadly weapon on government official, two counts of felony communicating threats of mass violence, two felony counts of false report of mass violence on education property, four counts of misdemeanor threatening phone calls, three felony counts of false bomb report to a public building and one felony false bomb report.

He was placed in the Rockingham County Detention Facility under a $1,005,000 secured bond.


ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NC – Deputies are working to get a barricaded man to come out of a home in Rockingham County on Wednesday.

Deputies are currently involved in negotiations in the 100 block of Deodara Lane in Ruffin, NC with that man.

Authorities said the man pointed a firearm at deputies as they approached the residence to serve several outstanding arrest warrants.

The sheriff's office said they have established a perimeter of containment around the home.

Access to that area is being restricted right now for safety reasons.

This investigation is ongoing at this time.

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