The Campbell County Sheriff’s office arrested a man charged with murder and accused of exchanging gunfire with authorities.
The deputies released the following Wednesday afternoon:
On 10/06/2018, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office obtained arrest warrants for Tony Allen Kidd in reference to the homicide of Robin Chenault. Kidd was charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of murder.
Kidd was arrested on 10/09/2018 and is in the custody of Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority.
According to police, 53-year-old Tony Kidd went on a crime spree that left one person dead and several more injured.
“It’s heart-wrenching, to think that something like that could happen so close to your home,” says Patricia Fox, Campbell County resident.
It all began at 96 Lucinda Drive in Evington on Friday night. Kidd was taken into custody on an assault and battery charge but later bonded out.
Just hours later, after midnight on Saturday, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a car break-in at a nearby residence. Deputies arrived, spoke with homeowners, and searched the area but left without finding a suspect.
Then, just before noon on Saturday, deputies returned to the residence after receiving a request for a welfare check.
A 65-year-old resident, identified as Robin Chenault, was found deceased. Another resident, a 69-year-old man, was found with life threatening injuries. As of Sunday, the man remains hospitalized. His condition is unknown.
A car and firearm were missing from the residence. Kidd was the primary suspect. Virginia State Police have confirmed that Kidd and the victims were neighbors.
“For something like this to happen, it’s too close to home,” says nearby resident Chris Turpin.
Around 1:00 p.m., Lynchburg police received a call about a man in a white Ford Expedition pointing a gun at someone in the 2000 block of Hughes Avenue. Police confirmed the Expedition was the stolen car and attempted to pull it over. But the suspect failed to stop and a car pursuit began.
“One of the state troopers had a gun pulled and he was running. He looked very scared. And he says Ma’am, get off the road. Get off the road now. And it scared me,” says Fox.
The chase ended near Candlers Mountain Road and Sunnymeade Road, when police say the Ford Expedition crashed. The suspect then exchanged gunfire with officers.
Wally Roach, who owns the corner store across the street, captured some of the exchange on video. He says he heard dozens of gunshots.
‘It was everywhere. There were police cars up that road, down Candlers Mountain Road, up Sunnymeade, down Sunnymeade,” says Roach.
Kidd was arrested, but not before both he and an officer were injured in the shootout.
“They say nothing like that happens around here. Well, sometimes, life just happens where you are,” says Roach.
The injured officer was treated and released. Kidd remains hospitalized and faces multiple charges. Virginia State Police are investigating the shooting.
According to the Lynchburg Police Department’s Facebook page, they confirmed Saturday afternoon there was an officer-involved shooting.
Police say a Lynchburg Police Officer and the suspect were both shot and taken to the hospital.
Here is the post from the Lynchburg Police Department’s Facebook Page:
“We can confirm that Lynchburg Police Department patrol officers were involved in a shooting earlier this afternoon (10/6/18). A Lynchburg Police Officer was shot during the incident, as well as the suspect. Both were transported to the hospital. The suspect is in critical condition, and the officer is being treated for a non-life-threatening injury. More information to follow.”