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Martinsville man dead after shooting at Franklin Co. home, authorities say

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UPDATE 10:04 a.m. (8/25/22): Franklin County authorities shared additional details about Wednesday night’s shooting in Boones Mill, including the name of the man who was found dead at the scene.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says a call came in just before 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24 about a shooting at a Boones Mill home along Virgil Goode Highway.

According to authorities, an unknown man approached the homeowner and “an encounter occurred” that resulted in the homeowner shooting and killing the man.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the man’s body, identifying him as 26-year-old Christopher Hill of Martinsville.

As of this writing, officials tell WFXR News the investigation into this incident is still ongoing.



BOONES MILL, Va. (WFXR) — An investigation is underway in Franklin County Wednesday night following reports of a Boones Mill shooting.

Members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Officer were seen at a house on Virgil H. Goode Highway, along with members of Franklin County Public Safety on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

WFXR News’ crew on the scene says a body was visible on the front lawn of the house.

Authorities say they believe this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public. The sheriff’s office is expected to release further details on Thursday, Aug. 25.

This is a developing story.