RUFFIN, N.C. — Update 4:35 p.m. - NC Highway Patrol confirms the standoff situation in Rockingham County is over, WFMY's Alma McCarty reports.

Rockingham County Sheriff's deputies negotiated with a man who barricaded himself inside a house Wednesday. 

The incident happened on Deodara Lane in Ruffin. Shortly before 8 a.m., deputies went to a house to get in contact with 37-year-old Joseph Irving in regards to misdemeanor warrants. When deputies went to the door, they said Irving came to the window with a weapon and tapped the glass. 

The Sheriff's Office established a perimeter of containment around the home. 

Access to the area was restricted for safety reasons.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office said Irving's father was inside the house, but they were able to get him out safely. He was not injured.

The sheriff's office said several schools in Rockingham County received threats, and some schools were on lockdown. They believe the threats came from Irving from inside the home. Deputies said other threats were made at the governmental center and courthouse in the area. They did security checks to make sure there was nothing dangerous happening at any location that received threats.

The bomb squad from Greensboro was called in to help. There were also deputies and other law enforcement on scene trying to negotiate with Irving. Deputies said he barricaded himself inside with a shotgun. No one was injured.

Deodara Lane in Ruffin was closed to traffic and drivers for several hours.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office also said Irving ran for Rockingham County Clerk of Court in 2018.


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