Man arrested after bringing loaded rifle, handgun onto Fort Chiswell High School grounds

IMG 3798 Justin Reed

From Wythe County Sheriff’s Office

On Friday at 2:57 p.m., a Wythe County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer was notified that a man was on the property at Fort Chiswell High School with an AR15-style rifle.

The School Resource Officer and Wythe County deputies stopped the man on Apache Run near Clinch Valley Community Action headstart.

Fort Chiswell High School was placed on lockdown, and all school buses were told to avoid the area.

Deputies were placed outside the headstart during the standoff.

Deputies were able to arrest the male identified as Justin Ray Reed, DOB 4/21/1995. He was found to have Diamondback semi-automatic 5.56 rifle and a semi-automatic 9mm Sig Sauer. They both were secured and found to be fully loaded.

Charges against Reed:

2 counts of possession of a firearm on school property (Class 6 Felony)

Disorderly conduct (Class 1 Misdemeanor)

2 counts of brandishing a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school to induce fear (Class 6 Felony)

Reed was held without bond and will be held at the New River Valley Regional Jail.