COVINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — Law enforcement officers, first responders, and community leaders across the Commonwealth are in mourning after a shooting at a Covington gas station left three people dead on Monday, including a city police officer.

According to Virginia State Police, 42-year-old Toney S. Poulston Jr. of Covington 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 of Covington — and ended up shooting him.

Paxton’s wife, also an employee at Covington Farm and Fuel, was inside the store at the time of the incident, but she was not injured.

After being alerted to Poulston’s erratic behavior at the store, members of the Covington Police Department and the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office reportedly responded to the scene.

When authorities arrived at the gas station, they saw an armed Poulston leaving the store. Shots were fired, leading to the death of Poulston and a member of the Covington Police Department, who has now been identified as Covington Police Officer Caleb Daniel Ogilvie.

The following law enforcement and emergency response agencies around southwest and central Virginia have posted statements on social media following the deadly incident:

  • Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office and Regional Jail: “Our community lost a hero today. Keep our bothers and sisters in your thoughts and prayers.”
  • Altavista Police Department: “Officer Caleb Ogilvie made the ultimate sacrifice for his community yesterday. Please be in prayer for his family and blue family. If you are so led please consider donating to this worthy cause.”
  • Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: “The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office offers its deepest condolences to the family of the Covington Police Officer killed today. Prayers also for the families who also lost a loved one in the senseless act!”
  • Bedford Police Department: “Revelation 14:13 – And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!
    Rest from your labors.
    Our thoughts are prayers are the City of Covington Police Department and the family and friends of Officer Caleb Ogilvie.
    We’ll take it from here.”
  • Bland County Sheriff’s Office: “Please keep the family of the lost officer and the Covington Police Department in your prayers. This fine officer lost his life protecting the community he loved. Rest In Peace brother!”
  • Botetourt County Department of Fire and EMS: “We mourn the loss of the Covington Police Officer who was tragically killed in the line of duty yesterday. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Officer’s family, the Covington Police Department, and the community.”
  • Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office: “The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office sends our heartfelt condolences to the City of Covington Police Department in light of yesterday’s tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Ogilvie and the community of Covington during this difficult time.”
  • Buena Vista Police Department: “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Covington community. #CovingtonStrong
  • Campbell County Sheriff’s Office: “Today, with heavy hearts, we extends our sincerest condolences to Covington Police Department as they mourn the loss of one of their own. Police Officer Caleb Daniel Ogilvie was killed in the line of duty while involved in a shooting incident in Covington. We will be keeping Officer Ogilvie’s wife and children, family, Covington Police Department, and the community in our thoughts and prayers during this tough time, and ask our community to do the same. Rest easy, brother. We’ll take it from here.”
  • Carroll County Sheriff’s Office: “Sending our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and the City of Covington Police Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire community during this difficult time.”
  • Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Chaplains Unit: “Let’s pray for the Covington Police Department and especially for the family of the officer shot and killed yesterday. Lord in your mercy send grace and peace that passes all understanding.”
  • Christiansburg Police Department: “Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of Covington Police Officer Caleb Daniel Ogilvie who was tragically killed in the line of duty while responding to a shooting incident. We extend our deepest sympathies to Officer Ogilvie’s wife and children, his family, the Town of Covington Police Department, and the community he served.”
  • Christiansburg Rescue: “Our agency’s thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Covington. Sometimes, we are just at a complete loss for words.”
  • Clifton Forge Rescue Squad, Inc.: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the fallen police officer as well as the first responders, and the brothers and sisters in blue and brown!”
  • Clifton Forge Police Department: “Anthony Nicely with the Virginia State Police will be escorting the body of the Fallen Covington Police Officer, Caleb Daniel Ogilvie, through the Town of Clifton Forge to the Nicely Funeral Home this afternoon. We do not have an exact time this will take place, but will update here as we know more. If you would like to pay your respects along Main Street and downtown Business area of Ridgeway St. please step out on the sidewalks. Please keep the family, community and First Responders in your thoughts and prayers.”
  • Clifton Forge Volunteer Fire Department: “We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to all public safety officials, family, and friends that have been touched by the tragedy that occurred yesterday in Covington. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. ❤️💙
  • Concord Rescue Squad: “Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Caleb Ogilvie, the Covington Police Department, and to the City of Covington, Virginia.”
  • Dublin Police Department: “No words to express our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Officer Ogilvie! Please pray for his wife, children, family, friends, and to his family at Covington Police Department during this time of grief. 💙🖤💙
  • Dunlap Volunteer Fire and Rescue: “If you have a moment please say a prayer for our First Responders during this tragic time of the loss of one of our Covington City Police Officers! God Bless his family and work family! Our hearts go out to each and everyone of you! Thank you to our fallen hero who laid his life on the line to serve and protect our community! His memory will always live on through our hearts! 💙
  • Eagle Rock Volunteer Fire and Rescue: “Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of Covington Police Officer Caleb Daniel Ogilvie who was tragically killed in the line of duty while responding to a shooting incident on March 14th. We extend our condolences to his family, the City of Covington Police Department, and the community he served. You all will remain in our prayers.”
  • Fincastle Volunteer Fire Department – Company 4: “Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of Covington Police Officer Caleb Daniel Ogilvie who was tragically killed in the line of duty while responding to a shooting incident on March 14th. We extend our condolences to his family, the City of Covington Police Department, and the community he served. You all will remain in our prayers.”
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office: “The Office of the Sheriff is saddened to hear of yesterday’s tragedy that claimed the life of Officer Caleb Daniel Ogilvie. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Officer Ogilvie’s family, his wife and children, the Town of Covington Police Department, and all of his loved ones during this difficult time.”
  • Galax Police Department: “The Galax Police Department extends our condolences to our brothers and sisters at the Covington Police Department. Please keep them and the officer’s family in your thoughts and prayers.”
  • Giles County Sheriff’s Office: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Covington Police Department and the family of the fallen officer involved in today’s shooting.”
  • Grayson County Sheriff’s Office: “The staff of GCSO are saddened to learn about the shooting and death of a Covington Virginia Police Officer this evening. Our heartfelt condolences are with the family, coworkers, and friends of the Covington Police Department.”
  • Gretna Fire and Rescue: “Today we mourn with our brothers and sisters in blue on the tragic loss of Covington Police Officer Caleb Ogilvie yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Family and Friends of Officer Ogilvie, the Covington Police Dept, and the Covington community.
  • Halifax County Sheriff’s Office: “No call is ever routine, every call the officer has no idea what to expect upon their arrival, and domestic disturbances are one of the deadliest calls officers respond to.
    The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office sends our condolences to the family, coworkers, and friends of the Covington Police Department for the tragic death of one of their officers yesterday evening.
    He was a United States Marine and continued to serve his community as a police officer.
    Officer Caleb Ogilvie graduated the police academy in May of 2021.
    Rest in Peace Officer Caleb Daniel Ogilvie, Covington Virginia Police Department.
    End of Watch: March 14, 2022″
  • Halifax Police Department: “The Halifax Police Department offers our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Caleb Ogilvie and to his co-workers at the Covington Police Department. Thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this tragic loss.”
  • Henry County Sheriff’s Office: “The Henry County Sheriff’s Office extends its deepest condolences to the loved ones and colleagues of Covington Police Officer Caleb Ogilvie, who bravely gave his life in the line of duty. This tragedy is yet another solemn reminder of the sacrifice men and women in law enforcement make each and every day when they put on the uniform and badge, not knowing if they’ll come home to their families at the end of their shift. Officer Ogilvie’s ultimate sacrifice in service of his community will never be forgotten.”
  • Hillsville Fire Department: “The Hillsville Fire Department is sending our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family, friends, and The Covington Police Department. #prayersforcovington
  • Hillsville Police Department: “The Hillsville Police Department sends our thoughts and prayers to the family, and friends of the Covington Police Department for the tragic death of one of their officers yesterday evening.”
  • Independence Police Department: “Prayers for the Covington Police Department and their officers.”
  • Lovingston Volunteer Fire Department: “We send our deepest condolences to the Covington Police Department tonight as they mourn the loss of one of their officers. Thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those lost today.”
  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office: “Our hearts are heavy this morning as we pray for our sisters and brothers at Covington PD and the surrounding area of Alleghany County.”
  • Pulaski Police Department: “This is the face of a fallen officer: a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a Marine, a hero! Thank you for your service Officer Caleb Ogilvie #1257. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his blue family at Covington Police Department as well as his blood family. Today we all bleed blue 🖤💙🖤
  • Radford Police Department: “The Radford City Police Department sends our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters in blue at Covington Police Department. Please keep the officers and families in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
  • Raphine Volunteer Fire Company: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Covington Police Department and to the friends and family of the officer killed yesterday.”
  • Roanoke City E-911 Center: “Our department shares in the same sentiments as the Roanoke Police Department – VA and would also like to extend our deepest condolences to the Covington Police Department dispatchers as they navigate the coming days.”
  • Roanoke City Police Department: “The members of the Roanoke Police Department extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Covington Police Officer Caleb D. Ogilvie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Covington Police Department during this difficult time. We were honored to participate in the procession for Officer Ogilvie this afternoon. Rest easy, Officer. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
  • Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office: “The Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office expresses our sincerest condolences to the Covington Police Department and the family and friends of the officer. All personnel are authorized to wear the black mourning band on your badge until further notice. We pray for his family and the community he served.”
  • Roanoke County E-911 Center: “Roanoke County ECC extends its heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Covington Police Department , the community of Covington and the loved ones of Officer Caleb Ogilvie. #neverforget#ProtectAndServe
  • Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department: “We remember Covington, VA Police Officer Caleb D. Ogilvie. Our prayers to the Covington Police Department and the Alleghany County community. Officer Ogilvie was a volunteer firefighter and EMS provider in our system from 2011-2016. Rest easy brother.
  • Roanoke County Police Department: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Covington Police Department and the families of those involved in this tragic incident.”
  • Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office: “The Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the City of Covington and family of Officer Ogilvie. You are in our thoughts and prayers.”
  • Roanoke Fire-EMS: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Covington Police Department, the community of Covington, and the loved ones of Officer Caleb Ogilvie.”
  • Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office: “Our hearts go out to the Covington community today as we mourn the passing of our law enforcement brother, Covington Police Department Officer Caleb Ogilvie. Yesterday, this hero tragically made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting his community. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and coworkers. Rest easy brother. 💙
  • Rockbridge Regional Jail: “Lord we come to you this evening on bended knee asking for your divine blessing on the broken hearts of our friends in Covington. Today we stand in disbelief that yet again we must lay a brother to rest and contemplate adding another name on the wall of courage and self sacrifice. Lord help us to understand your will and help guide us through this senseless tragedy. Lord help us to remember that ‘In Valor there is Hope’ and that Hope is found in a relationship with you, our living Savior. We ask now Lord for your special blessings on the communities of Covington, Clifton Forge and Allegheny County and especially the family of the Covington Police Department and all of their loved ones. Please be with them in their time of sorrow and bereavement. In faith we ask, in love we pray. Amen.”
  • Rocky Mount Police Department: “The Rocky Mount Police Department deeply mourns the loss of Covington Police Officer Caleb D. Ogilvie. No call is ever routine and we salute you for courage and honor. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family, fellow officers, and entire community.”
  • Rural Retreat Volunteer Emergency Service, Inc.: “Thoughts and prayers to the Covington PD and the family of the officer lost in the line of duty yesterday.”
  • Salem Police Department: “The members of the Salem Police Department mourn the lose of the Covington Police Officer and send our thoughts and prayers to the Covington Police Department and the Allegheny Sheriff’s Office over this tragic event.”
  • Salem Sheriff’s Office: “We are devastated to hear about the Covington Police Officer that was killed today in the line of duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Covington community and everyone affected by this tragedy. Rest easy, Hero.”
  • South Boston Police Department: “Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of Covington Police Officer Caleb Daniel Ogilvie who was tragically killed in the line of duty yesterday while responding to a shooting incident. We extend our deepest sympathies to Officer Ogilvie’s wife and children, his family, the Town of Covington Police Department, and the community he served. May God lay his healing hand on those affected by this tragedy.”
  • Troutville Volunteer Fire Department: “Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of Covington Police Officer Caleb Daniel Ogilvie who was tragically killed in the line of duty while responding to a shooting incident. We extend our deepest sympathies to Officer Ogilvie’s wife and children, his family, the Town of Covington Police Department, and the community he served.”
  • Virginia State Police: “#VSP extends its heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and fellow officers of Covington Police Department Officer Caleb Ogilvie. #RIP #ServiceAndSacrifice #neverforget
  • Virginia Tech Police Department: “Our hearts go out to the Covington community today as we mourn the passing of our law enforcement brother, Covington Police Department Officer Caleb Ogilvie. Yesterday, this hero tragically made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting his community. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and coworkers. Rest easy brother. 💙
  • Wythe County Sheriff’s Office: “The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office sends our thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and coworkers of Officer Caleb Ogilvie of the Covington Police Department.”
  • Wytheville Police Department: “No call is ever routine, every call the officer has no idea what to expect upon their arrival, domestic disturbances are one of the deadliest calls officers respond to. The Wytheville Police Department sends our condolences to the family, coworkers, and friends of the Covington Police Department for the tragic death of one of their officers yesterday evening.”

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) recommends that all Virginia law enforcement officers shroud their badges in honor of the fallen officer through the day of the funeral services.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin shared the VACP’s post on Twitter on Tuesday, March 15, adding:

The First Lady and I are devastated by the tragic loss of a Covington Police Officer. This serves as a reminder that law enforcement officers risk their lives every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the fallen officer during this difficult time.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin

Meanwhile, Covington Mayor Tom Sibold and Vice Mayor David Crosier sent the following statements to WFXR News’ Hazelmarie Anderson on Tuesday:

Thank you for your heartfelt condolences. As our community struggles to understand the tragedies of last evening we’ll start the day different. Loss is always hard, but this is something no one expects. Our focus now is first to support and pray for the officer’s family. To support and pray for our city police dept. To do the same for all city staff and the community. We pray for the families of all involved today.

TOM SIBOLD, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF COVINGTON

There is so much loss in our city today and I think most of us are still trying to process the level of tragedy.

David Crosier, Vice Mayor of the City of Covington

The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism also posted about the incident on Facebook, saying, “As we close this day, please remember the Covington Police officer, family, and friends whose lives are forever changed today. Bless them, pray for them and remember that ‘all gave some and some gave all’. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, friends and our entire community.”

Monday’s shooting is currently under investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Office.

This is a developing story.