The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police are investigating a multiple fatal shooting that occurred in the Vansant community of Buchanan County Virginia Sunday afternoon (March 13, 2011). Shortly after 2 p.m., the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a larceny in progress at the Rogers Service Center (salvage yard) on Route 620 in Buchanan County.
The sequence of events once the deputies arrived on scene is still under investigation at this time. However, a total of four Buchanan County deputies were shot by an armed assailant at the salvage yard. The first two deputies to arrive on scene were shot and killed. When two more deputies arrived at the scene, the assailant shot at both of them. These two deputies are still alive at this time. One of the surviving two deputies was flown by Virginia State Police Med-Flight helicopter to Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn. His injuries are considered life threatening. The other surviving deputy was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
Virginia State Police, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, and FBI responded to the scene to aid the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office.
Tactical Teams established a perimeter to contain the active shooter situtation. It has been confirmed that the male shooter is deceased. State police are still in the process of confirming the identity of the shooter.
At this time the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office is leading the criminal investigation and currently processing the scene for evidence.