MAN CHARGED AFTER 5-HOUR STANDOFF ON FIRE TRUCK

West Springfield Police District – A 43-year-old man is in custody today after a standoff with officers overnight that lasted over five hours.  We were initially called out to the 10000 block of Wavell Road around 8:30 p.m. last night when Wesam Hashish, of Fairfax, began cutting a tree down with an axe and chainsaw, and then tried to set it on fire. He was screaming and cursing at neighbors, prompting numerous calls to 911.

When officers arrived, Hashish ran from them and jumped on top of a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue ladder truck that also responded.  Hashish refused to come down during over five hours of negotiations with officers and mental health professionals.  Hashish exposed himself and attempted to assault officers during the incident, at one point picking up a ladder from the top of the fire truck and throwing it at officers.

Due to ongoing safety concerns, neighbors and people living in the immediate area were asked to shelter in place and stay away from doors and windows while officers were on scene.

Around 2 a.m, officers deployed an Electronic Control Weapon and pepper spray to subdue Hashish, who again tried to run away.  A police K9 assisted in the arrest.  Hashish was medically cleared at a local hospital and then taken to the Adult Detention Center. He was charged with felony attempted assault on a law enforcement officer, indecent exposure, unlawfully climbing onto a fire truck, interfering or tampering with firefighting equipment, and threats to bomb.  He is being held without bond.