Man arrested after threatening Bridgeport police, taking part in standoff

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — A Michigan man is in custody after allegedly threatening to kill police officers before he barricaded himself in his apartment and threatened to take his own life.

Brandon Michael Vargo, 24, of Harrisville, Michigan is accused of making social media threats to the Bridgeport Police Department on Monday. Officers responded to Vargo’s apartment in the Meadowcreek Apartment complex after he made two calls to Police Chief Mark Rogers.

“One time he was on the phone and never spoke and eventually hung up,” Rogers said. “The next time he called, he said, ‘I’m coming to get you.'”

Authorities began negotiations with Vargo through various mediums, including social media and phone calls.

“Ultimately, he called into the Harrison County 911 Center and asked a few questions of them, and they contacted the negotiators on scene,” Rogers said. “They were able to directly convince him to come outside to turn himself in with no further incident.”

Vargo was arraigned for making felony threats of terroristic acts and is being held in lieu of a $250,000 bail.

According to Rogers, Monday’s incident stems from a June 26 traffic stop; officers cited Vargo for speeding and possessing less than 15 grams of marijuana. Vargo later made social media threats against the officer who conducted the traffic stop. Rogers contacted Vargo, and the two later met to determine possible other issues.

Officers were aware Vargo had access to firearms.

“We were able to resolve it to a point that day in which he apologized for his actions and the things he had done,” Rogers said. “We went about it just as two individuals talking.”

Vargo was residing in Bridgeport, where he worked as an aircraft mechanic.

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