Tenn. man charged in post office siege
Warren Taylor faces kidnapping, firearm charges
A Tennessee man who uses a wheelchair has been charged with kidnapping after a daylong siege at a Virginia post office in which three people were held hostage.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski on Thursday ordered Warren A. (Gator) Taylor to be evaluated at a federal prison facility to determine if he is competent to face the charges, which also include possession of a firearm during a crime and possession of a firearm in a federal facility.
Taylor, 53, surrendered to police Wednesday evening following the 8½-hour standoff at the Wytheville post-office in western Virginia.
"We're just grateful it ended peacefully," state police Sgt. Michael Conroy said. "This is just the best outcome we could hope for."
At about 2:30 p.m., three people were taken hostage after a man entered the post office.
Police alleged Taylor, who has an artificial leg, had pushed a wheelchair into the building.
Shots were fired but no one was injured. Two of the hostages were allowed to call family and friends.
Standoff ends peacefully
FBI negotiators had been talking with the suspect throughout the evening, and a state trooper delivered food to the door that was picked up by one of the hostages.
About 11 p.m., authorities used a bullhorn and ordered the suspect to come out. The hostages walked out first, followed by Taylor, who wheeled down a ramp. He got out of the wheelchair and lay down face-first on the concrete.
He then got back up and was taken away in a police vehicle.
Police are still investigating the motive.
The suspect made no demands other than to ask for a pizza, said Pete Rendina, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
With files from The Associated Press