Crime

Man faces charges after standoff with police in Lexington

A Lexington man was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment and one count of terroristic threatening after a four-hour standoff closed streets and forced neighbors to be evacuated from their homes Wednesday.

James R. Verdenburgh, 53, barricaded himself in his Mint Julep Lane home and fired at least two shots while officers were on the scene, according to a citation filed in Fayette District Court.

One of the shots went toward a police cruiser. Police initially said they didn't know whether that was intentional, but "the suspect later stated he was shooting because he wanted the police to kill him," the document said.

The standoff began at about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday when police received a report of a suicidal man at the home. Police negotiated with Verdenburgh for about four hours before he surrendered at 7:23 p.m.

The standoff closed Mint Julep Lane, Plantation Drive and part of Forsythe Drive. Residents of 10 to 15 nearby homes were evacuated or told to stay indoors for the duration of the incident.

Verdenburgh, who was released from jail on a $5,300 bond, was scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Monday, according to court records.

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