COVINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — The victims of Monday’s fatal shooting at a gas station in Covington are set to be honored on Saturday by members of the Alleghany Highlands community.
Virginia State Police say a man shot his stepfather, Randy Paxton, at Covington Farm and Fuel before engaging in a shootout with authorities outside the gas station on Monday, March 14. The crossfire cost both the shooter and Covington Police Officer Caleb Ogilvie their lives.
“Officer Ogilvie served others through and through in his life that was cut short,” said Covington Police Chief Christopher Smith on Tuesday, March 15 when he identified the 35-year-old officer.
He says Ogilvie was a former Marine and EMT who had been with the police department since August 2021.
Over the course of the week, the Covington community mourned alongside Ogilvie’s family and friends, including Terry Riley, who served in Iraq with Ogilvie.
“After the military, people want to continue doing that and serving the community,” said Riley about Ogilvie joining the police force. “That’s a great way to do it, and he was perfect for it.”
Later on Tuesday, Ogilvie’s procession traveled from the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke to Nicely’s Funeral Home in Clifton Forge.
Meanwhile, Paxton is being remembered by friends and family as an avid outdoorsman, a horse lover, and a good man. His boss and lifelong friend, JW Tingler, says he had a great sense of humor and could get along with anyone.
“He was a very easy-going, likable fellow,” said Tingler. “He’d give you the shirt off his back and he was someone you could always depend on — a fantastic individual.”
Celebrations of life for all involved are set for Saturday, March 19. WFXR News will be carrying special coverage of Ogilvie’s funeral starting at noon.