Green Bay man holds wife hostage

Published 11:02 pm Saturday, April 1, 2017


A Green Bay man is charged in connection to allegedly holding his wife hostage following a six-hour standoff at his home in the 3700 block of Bethel Church Road in Lunenburg County.

According to the Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office, the “hostage situation” ended “peacefully.”

Walter T. Dillard, 35, is being held at the Piedmont Regional Jail without bond, police said in a press release.

“The incident began the afternoon of Wednesday, (March 29), when the Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office arrived at Dillard’s residence … to execute a search warrant from an ongoing investigation related to an incident that occurred  Monday, March 27,” police said in a press release. “Dillard refused to comply with the sheriff’s deputies and retreated to a bedroom where he barricaded himself and his wife inside.”

“The sheriff’s deputies on scene immediately removed two children from inside the residence. The Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office then established a perimeter around the house for the safety of nearby residents and for responding law enforcement. State and local police responded to the scene to assist with the incident, to include negotiating with Dillard to release his wife and to surrender. During the course of the standoff, Dillard discharged a weapon from inside the house,” police said.

“After several hours, the wife exited the residence. Shortly after 12 a.m., Thursday, (March 31), Dillard surrendered to the Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office and was taken into custody without further incident.

Dillard is charged with one felony count of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and one misdemeanor count of reckless handling of a firearm, according to the release. “He was also charged with one felony count of firing a weapon from a vehicle in connection with Monday’s incident.”

No one was injured during the incident.