Man barricaded inside Rockingham County home taken into custody

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — A man who was barricaded inside a Rockingham County home after he allegedly pointed a firearm at deputies is now in custody.

Joseph Linwood Irving

Deputies took the man, identified as Joesph Linwood Irving, 37, into custody at 183 Deodara Lane in Ruffin.

The sheriff’s office says Irving pointed a firearm at deputies as they approached the home to service several arrest warrants, including on a charge of cyberstalking.

Neighbors were evacuated from the area while authorities negotiated with Irving.

The sheriff’s office says the home is the origin of a string of bomb threats to Reidsville, Rockingham County and McMichael high schools and the Rockingham County Governmental Center.

As of about 1 p.m., RCS reported that all schools were cleared.

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