Twenty-five-year-old Adam Lang barricaded himself inside his home one day after assaulting his mother and father in Dorchester County. Lang's parents were trying to talk him into having a mental evaluation when Lang became combative.
According to reports from the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Department, Lang started fighting with his father and beat him with a .22-caliber rifle. Lang then beat his mother with the gun.
After the fight, Lang stole his father's truck and headed toward Chesterfield, taking the rifle with him, according to the report.
Dorchester authorities notified the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Department that Lang could be headed to his home in Chesterfield. Around 3:30 a.m. one of Lang's aunts, who lives in Chesterfield, notified deputies she had seen Lang arrive at the home, still carrying the rifle.
Around 8 a.m., Dorchester County faxed over a warrant for Lang's arrest on assault and battery charges.
Lang's aunt informed Chesterfield County Sheriff's deputies Lang had told her he would not go to jail and would shoot anyone who tried to take him there.
By noon, members of Chesterfield County's Special Response Team had Lang's home surrounded, and agents from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were arriving on the scene.
SLED rolled into Chesterfield with its full tactical response team and equipment, which included a robot to provide a safer alternative than officers trying to approach the house.
At one point, Lang posted a note outside his door, asking to be left alone and threatening to shoot anyone who came near the house. Officers were able to view the letter using a video camera mounted on SLED's robot.
The robot also allowed negotiators to communicate with Lang, although he had barricaded himself in the home by nailing the door shut and placing furniture against it.
With help from a mental physician in Charleston, negotiators talked Lang into coming out of the house at 5:12 p.m. without incident.
"It was a great ending," Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker said. "Everyone was safe, and everyone went home at the end of the day."
Once Lang surrendered, he was taken to Chesterfield General Hospital, then transferred to Dorchester for additional mental evaluation.
Criminal charges in Chesterfield County are pending based on the mental evaluation. Lang will be charged in Dorchester for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature for the incident involving his parents. Lang's parents were treated for injuries sustained in the beating, but none was life threatening.