COVINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — Community members in Covington are mourning the tragic loss of Officer Caleb Ogilvie, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Monday, by setting up makeshift memorials around the city in his honor.
Virginia State Police say 42-year-old Toney S. Poulston Jr. entered a Covington Farm and Fuel along North Alleghany Avenue at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14. Poulston then got into a “domestic situation” with a relative working at the store — identified as 64-year-old Randall Lee Paxton — and ended up shooting him.
When Covington and Alleghany County authorities responded to the incident at the gas station, they saw an armed Poulston leaving the store. Shots were fired, leading to the death of Poulston and Ogilvie.
WFXR News’ D’mon Reynolds spoke with people around the city, who say they cannot remember something as serious as this happening since they lost a state trooper in the 1980s.
Outside of the Covington City Hall, Ogilvie’s photo is set up right next to his patrol car, which is now covered in flowers, notes, and stuffed animals as part of a makeshift memorial. In addition, all flags are at half-staff to honor the fallen officer.
Reynolds visited a local staple, a café in Covington, where people made another memorial using a seat that Ogilvie was sitting in on Monday, the same day as the deadly shooting. According to the café owner, he was a regular at that eatery.
Meanwhile, salon owner Marva Sellers says it’s surprising such an incident happened in Covington.
“It’s just usually really peaceful in Covington. It just breaks our hearts to hear this has happened in our little small town,” said Sellers. “I have prayed for this family. I just pray for peace and comfort to come over them.”
Before becoming a police officer in Covington, officials say Ogilvie served as a Marine — on active duty from 2006 to 2010 and reserve duty from 2011 to 2016 — as well as an EMT in the Roanoke area.
The Covington Police Department shared a link to a “Fund the First” fundraiser, with a goal of raising $50,000 for Ogilvie’s family, which includes a wife, an ex-wife, and four children. You can make an online donation by following this link.