UPDATE: Police identify man facing charges after leading pursuit through multiple jurisdictions, crashing in Salem

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UPDATE 4:14 p.m. (9/9/21): Police have identified the man facing numerous charges following Wednesday’s pursuit through multiple southwest Virginia jurisdictions as 39-year-old Michael B. Lilly of Salem.

According to the Christiansburg Police Department, the pursuit began at approximately 2:36 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, but Lilly was taken into custody as soon as the pursuit ended at approximately 2:58 p.m.

The department says Lilly was then released to EMS personnel and brought to Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem to be treated for injuries he sustained in the crash.

However, authorities accompanied EMS to the hospital “due to the danger the suspect poses to the community” and stayed with Lilly at the hospital since then, the Christiansburg Police Department said in a statement on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Since Lilly’s medical condition prevents him from being transported to a magistrate’s office, police say they have obtained — but not yet served — warrants for the following charges:

  • Six counts of attempted aggravated murder of a police officer (Class 2 felony)
  • One count of eluding police (Class 6 felony)
  • One count of brandishing a firearm (Class 1 misdemeanor)
  • One count of reckless driving (Class 1 misdemeanor)

The Christiansburg Police Department says more charges may be added after the investigation. Meanwhile, officials say the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Salem Police Department are also investigating and may bring additional charges in their jurisdictions, as well.


UPDATE 4:54 p.m.: The Christiansburg Police Department has shared new information behind the events that led to a multi-jurisdiction police chase that ended with a crash in Salem and sent a man to the hospital on Wednesday.

Police say the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Elliston Food Mart on 9311 Roanoke Road in Elliston around 2:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8 after an individual pulled a gun on employees at the store.

According to authorities, at approximately 2:29 p.m., the sheriff’s office notified the Christiansburg Police Department about the incident.

Police say the man then drove off in a small silver SUV into the town of Christiansburg. Police tried to stop the driver, but the driver pulled out a gun, fired at the officer, and drove away.

Additional law enforcement was called in to help — including the sheriff’s office, the Salem Police Department, and Virginia State Police — and a pursuit began. Police chased the man across the bypass to the Spradlin Farms area, where the driver turned around and drove back across the bypass to I-81.

The driver and officers eventually exited the interstate at exit 137 in Salem. The chase continued toward downtown Salem before the man turned onto Mill Lane and then Riverside Drive, where the driver crashed.

During the chase, police say the driver opened fire on officers through the car window.

The man was taken to LewisGale Hospital in Salem to be treated for injuries from the crash. No officers were hurt or fired their weapons. The incident remains under investigation.


UPDATE 4:03 p.m.: The Christiansburg Police Department has released new information about the man taken into custody in connection with a chase that spanned multiple jurisdictions.

Police tell WFXR News that the man was taken to the hospital after the crash. It’s not clear on the extent of his injuries.


UPDATE 3:46 p.m.: The Salem Police Department says the scene is still active and is urging people to avoid the area of Mill Lane and West Riverside in Salem.

They are asking drivers to find an alternative route.


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Montgomery County authorities say a man was arrested in connection with a chase that started in Elliston on Wednesday.

According to the Christiansburg Police Department, officers were called to a convenience store on Wednesday, Sept. 8, after a man pulled out a gun. Police say when they arrived, the man drove away and headed toward I-81.

Additional law enforcement was called in to assist, which included Virginia State Police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. According to police, the man fired shots out a window at officers during the chase.

Police tell WFXR News that the chase ended with a crash in Salem. At that time the man was taken into custody.

No officers were hurt. Police are still investigating this incident.

This is a developing story and we will bring you new information as it comes into the WFXR newsroom.

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