Armed suspect in Giles County still not located

Statement from Giles County Sheriff W. Morgan Millirons:

Despite the extensive efforts of the Giles County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Craig County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Radford Police, the armed suspect has not been located or identified. After three hours of conducting search efforts by ground and air, to include the use of K9 teams, search operations were scaled back as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. More localized search operations are still being conducted at this time. The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office is leading the investigation into the shooting.

The incident began shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday (April 4) when two Giles County Sheriff’s Deputies drove up to a residence in the 100 block of Lucky Lane in the Newport community of Giles County. They were there to follow up on an ongoing investigation. As the two exited their unmarked vehicles, a gunshot was heard and debris from the gravel driveway began kicking up into the air in proximity of the deputies’ location. The two deputies immediately took cover and called for assistance.

The deputies were not injured. No shots were fired by any law enforcement at the scene.

At this time, there is still no suspect description. Anyone with information about the shooting and/or suspect is encouraged to contact the Giles County Sheriff’s Office by dialing 911 or the Virginia State Police by cell at #77 or email at questions@vsp.virginia.gov. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.