Update: Deceased named in standoff with Pulaski Police

From Virginia State Police

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office is investigating the shooting of a Town of Pulaski resident late Sunday (May 14, 2017).

At 6:50 p.m., Sunday (May 14, 2017), the Town of Pulaski Police responded to a 911 call concerning a domestic dispute at a residence in the 100 block of 4th Street SE in the town limits. The complainant advised dispatch that one subject inside the residence was in possession of a firearm.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene to assist the Town of Pulaski police. Further investigation of the domestic dispute resulted in the Pulaski Police obtaining an arrest warrant for James A. Burton Sr., 48, of Pulaski, Va.

For the purposes of officer safety, the Town Police and Sheriff’s Deputies staged outside the residence and requested that Burton exit the residence. When Burton did finally come out onto the front porch, he fired at the officers and Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies staged at the scene. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office deputies returned fire. Burton retreated inside the residence.

A perimeter was set up around the residence for the safety of the neighbors, as law enforcement made multiple attempts over the next few hours to establish contact with Burton. During this time, at least one shot was heard coming from inside the residence.

Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office also responded to assist the Pulaski Town Police with the ongoing incident. The State Police robot was dispatched inside the residence, where it located Burton and confirmed he was deceased. Law enforcement then made entry into the residence and secured the scene.

Burton’s body has been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for autopsy and examination.

The shooting incident remains under investigation at this time.


Original press release:

From Pulaski Police Department

May 14, 2017, at approximately 6:50 P.M., the Pulaski Communications Center received a 911 call concerning a domestic violence disturbance in the 100 block of 4th Street, S. E. in the town of Pulaski.  The complainant advised that the suspect individual had a firearm and that he was inside of his residence.

Law enforcement personnel from the Pulaski Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and located the victim in the domestic dispute.  It was determined that there was cause to pursue a criminal complaint and an arrest warrant was issued.

Officers attempted to serve the warrant.  However, the individual refused to come out of his house and brandished several firearms while making verbal challenges to personnel on the scene.  At one point, he came out onto the front porch and discharged a firearm.  Two law enforcement personnel, positioned in that vicinity, discharged their issued weapons in response and the individual retreated back inside the residence.

The standoff continued and a robot from the Virginia State Police responded and was used to view inside of the building after police personnel breached an exterior door.  A team of officers next entered the residence and discovered the individual deceased.

The State Police have been requested to conduct an investigation into the incident.  All further information will be provided by VSP Public Information Officer Corinne Geller @ 804-263-5547.