Goochland man dies after late night standoff

Posted at 6:35 AM, Dec 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-10 19:08:32-05

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va.  (WTVR) - A Goochland man has died after he shot himself during a Monday night standoff.

Deputies arrived at 1651 Fayette Road in Manakin Sabot just after 9 p.m. Monday and found Michael S. Fuller, 42, threatening his estranged wife and three children ages 14, 13 and 11 with a handgun, according to deputies.

Mrs. Fuller escaped with one child, but two of the children remained in the home with Fuller. Deputies tried to reason with fuller but were unsuccessful. While they were talking to Fuller on the phone, his two other children escaped and a gun shot was heard.

Deputies closed in on the home and tried to further communicate with Fuller while he refused to answer his phone,  and turned off most of the lights in the three-story house.

Just after 11 p.m. deputies noticed flames coming from a downstairs room. That's when they kicked in the front door and removed a flaming couch from the home.

More attempts were made to contact Fuller, but deputies got no answer. A Goochland Sheriff's K9 went into the home and found Fuller with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

No one else was injured and the fire was extinguished by Goochland Fire and Rescue.