Eyewitness Of The JMU Police Standoff Tells His Story
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Eyewitness Of The JMU Police Standoff Tells His Story

An interview with Mohammed Hussain, resident of the apartment complex involved in the Devon Lane standoff.

Eyewitness Of The JMU Police Standoff Tells His Story

For Mohammed Hussain, junior at James Madison University (JMU), Tuesday, November 15 started off like any other morning. He got up, ate breakfast, took a shower and headed to campus for his 8 a.m. class. Little did Hussain know, today would be one of the craziest days of his life.

Around 8:45 a.m. this morning, Hussain received a call from Harrisonburg Police, informing him of an incident that was unfolding in his apartment at The Harrison, a local apartment complex.

Soon after, Hussain received an alert from JMU with an undetailed message, “The Harrisonburg Police Department is working an incident at 1173 Devon Lane. Please stay clear until further notice.”

Hussain immediately left campus (although the police and JMU advisory warned him to stay away from the scene) and went straight to his apartment to attempt to find out more about what was unfolding in his home. Hussain was met by Harrisonburg Police, Rockingham SWAT Team, Virginia State Police and Virginia State Police SWAT, who had begun to surround his building in an attempt to resolve the situation.

I sat down with Hussain to get the inside scoop.

Over six hours after the original JMU alert, the university sent out another message that said, "The incident at 1173 Devon Lane has been resolved. Subject has been taken into custody. Law Enforcement will continue on scene investigation."

Hussain ended the day with several key takeaways: he and his roommates are safe, the JMU community is supportive in times of difficulty and the worst thing that came out of this situation is that his window is completely shattered, making his room extremely cold.

Video editing by Alison Gips.

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